7 Principles for Good Diabetes Care
These principles, or steps, will help you manage your diabetes and live a long and active life. Every person who has diabetes has different needs. Talk to your health care team about a treatment plan that is best for you. Diabetes affects almost every part of the body and good diabetes care requires a team of health care providers. They include doctors, diabetes educators, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, mental health workers, eye specialists, foot specialists, dentists, and social workers. Print out and take this information with you when you visit your doctor or other members of your team to talk about your treatment plan.
It Is Important to Control Diabetes
As you read through this information, look for things with a to help you take action to control your diabetes.
Principle 1: Learn as Much as You Can About Diabetes
The more you know about diabetes, the better you can work with your health care team to manage your disease and reduce your risk for problems. You should know what type of diabetes you have. If you do not know, ask your doctor whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is always a serious disease. Terms that suggest that diabetes is not serious, such as "a touch of diabetes," "mild diabetes," and "sugar's a little high," are not correct and should no longer be used.
Many People Who Have Diabetes Do Not Know It
Ask your doctor if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
If you know someone who has any of the risk factors for diabetes, suggest they talk to their doctor about getting tested.
Principle 2: Get Regular Care for Your DiabetesIf you have diabetes, it is important to:
Work with your health care team to get the best help to control your diabetes.
Ask your health care
team how often you need to see them for check-ups.