Diabetes is a complex disease that requires daily self-management - making healthy food choices, staying physically active, monitoring your blood sugar and taking medications as prescribed. It is also important to talk regularly with your diabetes care team to problem solve, reduce risks for complications and cope with lifestyle changes.
Successful self-management will help you feel better and can reduce your chance of developing complications including heart disease, dental disease, eye disorders, kidney disease, nerve damage and lower leg amputation.
Diabetes is also a very personal disease. Upon being diagnosed, it's not uncommon to feel a certain amount of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear about how your lifestyle may change. Fear that you will experience life-threatening complications.
A key member of the diabetes management team, a diabetes educator will help you learn how to take care of yourself — guide you through your treatment and help you with any fears, issues and problems you encounter along the way.
If your primary care provider gave you the name of a diabetes educator, make the call! You’ll be one step closer to successfully managing your diabetes. Learn what you can expect when being referred.
We've created handy tip sheets on a variety of diabetes management topics. From healthy eating during holiday events to tips for maintaining sexual health and learning how to effectively inject insulin. Check them out.
Diabetes is a complex disease and managing it can be challenging. To help you, diabetes educators have developed the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™: Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks and Healthy Coping.
Diabetes educators are found in accredited programs across the country. They work with you to develop a plan to stay healthy, and give you the tools and ongoing support to make that plan a regular part of your life. Search for an accredited diabetes education program in your area.
Recursos en Español para la diabetes educadores y personas con diabetes.
Spanish language resources for diabetes educators and persons with diabetes.
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