Diabetes Support and Mangament
Helping individuals and their families manage diabetes has been my mission since the day I was diagnosed with diabetes 29 years ago. My experiences living with diabetes and treating people with diabetes have taught me the following:
1. It is not the end of the world, with the right Care and Education you will be on top of your game in no time.
2. Diabetes is a manageable disease. Learning the basics of diabetes management will allow you to live a healthy and productive life.
3. Knowledge is power. I know you have heard this before, but it is so true; the more you inform yourself and act on the knowledge you have acquired, the better you will be.
4. Seek the support of a diabetes care and education specialist (DCES). They are the leaders in diabetes care and education.
5. Make an appointment with a registered dietitian "RD." Remember, look for the credentials of RD. A registered dietitian/nutritionist is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including earned a bachelor's and many times a master's degree with course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And by the way, many RD's are also a diabetes care and education specialist (DCES).
6. Treating diabetes aggressively in the early years will make a difference later in life. Studies show that early aggressive diabetes management reduces diabetes complications later on in life.
7. Make physical activity part of your daily routine. Whether you walk, run, swim, play team sports, dance, row, bike, it does not matter. You should do 20 minutes or more of non-stop physical activity each day.
8. You do not have to be perfect when it comes to managing your diabetes. Being perfect does not excite in diabetes management. You will have days when your sugar is within range, days when your sugar is not so good, and days when your sugar is just not behaving no matter what you do. It’s part of living with diabetes,
9. Keep abreast of all the latest technology in diabetes care; it changes quickly, and it is useful to know the new things that are coming out that can make the management of your diabetes much easier. Subscribe to diabetes magazines like "Diabetes Self-Management" and "Diabetes Forecast" and other magazines that provide you with all kinds of great information on keeping your diabetes in check.
10. Write down your list of questions for your next appointment with your health care provider. When living with such a challenging condition like diabetes, you always have questions. This is especially true in the early years with diabetes.
11. Remember, you are the one living with diabetes 24/7 if you feel something is not right to talk with your health care provider.
12. Know your numbers whether you're checking your sugar with a glucose meter or with a continuous glucose monitoring device, allow your diabetes team to review this data so you and your diabetes team can decide on how to improve your blood sugar.
13. Diabetes management is a fulltime job; this can lead to "diabetes burnout." If you feel overwhelmed and are feeling out of sorts or just tired of the amount of work that diabetes demands of you, remember that these feelings are temporary, but if these feelings are not going away, seek professional help.