Problem Solving

 

A person with diabetes must keep their problem-solving skills sharp because on any given day, a high or low blood glucose episode or a sick day will require them to make rapid, informed decisions about food, activity and medications. This skill is continuously put to use because even after decades of living with the disease, stability is never fully attained: the disease is progressive, chronic complications emerge, life situations change and the patient is aging.

Collaboratively, diabetes educators and patients address barriers, such as physical, emotional, cognitive, and financial obstacles and develop coping strategies.  

What would you do?

Think about how the following situations may affect you - and about what steps you could take to maintain proper control of your diabetes in similar situations. Talk wtih you care team about these and other potential challenges. Work together to come up with solutions:

  • You get the flu and notice that your blood glucose levels are not normal. What do you do?
  • While on vacation, you don't have access to a gym or time for exercise. How will you handle this?
  • You have a hard time finding healthy food choices within your family's cultural or taste preferences. What steps can you take?