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Getting Support When You Have Diabetes

It's mostly up to you to control your blood sugar. But your diabetes healthcare team can help. These experts will teach you how to manage diabetes and the health risks it brings. With practice, controlling your blood sugar will become a habit.

Working with your healthcare team

Your diabetes healthcare team will work with you to create a treatment plan. The goal is to keep your blood sugar controlled. This can delay or prevent other health problems. Your healthcare team is likely to include:

  • A primary care provider. This might be your regular healthcare provider. This may have been the first person to tell you about diabetes.

  • An endocrinologist. This healthcare provider has special training to treat people with diabetes. But most people with diabetes don't need to see this specialist. 

  • A registered dietitian. An RD can teach you how food and healthy eating can help you control blood sugar.

  • A diabetes educator. This might be a nurse, dietitian, or pharmacist. He or she will teach you about managing diabetes.

  • A health psychologist or social worker. This person can help you cope with the feelings and stresses that diabetes may bring.

  • Other healthcare team members. These can include an eye healthcare provider, dentist, podiatrist, pharmacist, occupational therapist, and exercise physiologist 

Who else can help?

Managing your diabetes day to day can be a lot to handle. It might affect your home and work routines. Don’t be afraid to let your family, friends, and work supervisor know about your condition. These people can support your need to stick to your treatment plan.

Reach out to family and friends

Family and friends can support your efforts to take care of yourself. So don’t feel bad asking for help when you need it. Ask them to learn along with you if they have questions or aren’t taking your diagnosis seriously. It might be hard at first for them to understand some of the changes you are making. Tell them that your health is your priority. Their support can help keep you focused and confident as you learn to control your blood sugar. Don't let them keep you from making the good choices you need to keep your diabetes under control. Sometimes people need to change their circle of friends. They need to surround themselves with people who support the lifestyle changes they must make.

Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Robert Hurd MD
Date Last Reviewed: 6/1/2016
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