Caring for Your Diabetes at Special Time (cont.)
People Who Can Help You
- Your doctor. You may see your regular doctor for diabetes care or someone who
has special training in caring for people with diabetes. A doctor with special
training in diabetes is called an endocrinologist or diabetologist.
You'll talk with your doctor about what kind of
medicines you need and how much you should take. You'll also agree on a target
blood glucose range and blood pressure and
cholesterol targets. Your doctor will do tests to be sure
your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol are staying on track and
you're staying healthy. Ask your doctor if you should take
aspirin every day to
help prevent heart disease.
- Your diabetes educator. A diabetes educator may be a nurse, a dietitian, or
another kind of health care worker. Diabetes educators teach you about
planning, diabetes medicines, physical activity, how to check your blood
glucose, and how to fit diabetes care into your everyday life. Be sure to ask
questions if you don't understand something.
- Your family and friends. Taking care of your diabetes is a daily job. You may
need help or support from your family or friends. You may want to bring a family
member or close friend with you when you visit your doctor or diabetes educator.
Taking good care of your diabetes can be a family affair!
- A counselor or mental health worker. You might feel sad
about having diabetes or get tired of taking care of yourself. Or you might be having problems because
of work, school, or family. If diabetes makes you feel sad or angry, or if you
have other problems that worry you, you can talk with a counselor or mental
health worker. Your doctor or diabetes educator can help you find a counselor.
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