In observance of National Diabetes Month, we talked with Rita Mertig, author of What Nurse Know…Diabetes and Nurses’ Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management, Second Edition.

Rita Mertig has been a registered nurse for 43 years and has also had type 1 Diabetes for 25 years. Watch the clips below for advice on monitoring glucose levels, regulating emotions so they don’t affect glucose levels, and staying motivated.

Monitoring Glucose Levels & What to Do with the Information

How do Emotions Affect Blood Sugar?

Advice on Staying Motivated for Those Living with Diabetes

Rita Girouard Mertig, MS, RNC, CNS, DE has been a registered nurse for 43 years with a Master of Science degree. She has taught nursing in a variety of programs and recently retired after 21 years from teaching in an associate degree nursing program in which she also taught nutrition. Rita also has had type 1 Diabetes for 25 years and has used an insulin pump for 15 years.

She currently volunteers at CrossOver Ministries clinic where she teach classes and conducts one-on-one sessions on weight management and diabetes management for clients with minimal ability to pay for services. During the 1980s and 90s, Rita led a support group for people with diabetes who were using insulin under the auspices of the American Diabetes Association, Richmond, VA chapter, and has also served on the board of directors.