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Do you feel your family understands what is involved in managing diabetes?

You're on the right track!

If you're living with diabetes, lifestyle is an important part of your care. It helps keep you on track to staying healthy. It's very important to eat a good balance of foods every day and to get regular exercise. Managing your diabetes also means taking medicine, if needed, and testing your blood glucose levels each day.

If you need to take medicine, be sure to take it as directed. Don't change your dosage or how often you take your medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Take it as prescribed and on time every day. Be careful not to skip doses of insulin or other medicines.

Test your blood for sugar as directed by your doctor. Some people only test once a day, and some don't have to test at all—there is typically no need to test if you have diet-controlled diabetes. Those who take insulin or more than one medication may need to test four or more times a day. Talk to your doctor about how often you should test your blood glucose.

See your doctor for a hemoglobin A1C test every three to six months. This blood test gives your doctor a picture of your blood glucose levels over the past three months. Ask your doctor if you have questions about your A1C test results. You should have a normal result if most of your blood glucose levels are near 100 mg/dL.

Diabetes is a chronic disease, meaning it will not go away. But it can be managed, and you can lead an active, healthy life.

The Value of an Endocrinologist

When you are facing a diagnosis of a hormonal condition like diabetes, your doctor may suggest you see an endocrinologist. Here are some reasons why an endocrinologist will provide the level of support and care that you need with this diagnosis.

  • An endocrinologist is a true specialist
    An endocrinologist has studied hormones and hormonal diseases in depth, and will be able to provide the best possible treatment. Most general practitioners have the skills necessary to diagnose and treat basic hormonal conditions, but sometimes the help of a specialist is needed.
  • An endocrinologist helps non-traditional patients
    Some patients find that conventional treatment does not work. In these cases, an endocrinologist is necessary to ensure all possible treatment avenues are pursued.
  • An endocrinologist knows the latest treatments
    An endocrinologist's job is to know the latest changes in hormonal diseases and understand the newest treatments that are available to today's patients.
  • An endocrinologist works with your primary care doctor
    Visiting an endocrinologist does not mean you will never see your primary care doctor again. Going to an endocrinologist when struggling with a hormonal condition gives you another set of eyes to ensure your health is as good as it can be.

Find an endocrinologist to ensure that you are on the path to health with the right medical care. Visit our support group page.

Here are some supportive phrases your friends and loved ones might have used when they see how well you're managing diabetes. Share them on Pinterest and let others know that their encouragement makes a difference!

good choices
healthy foods
inspiration
walking buddy
every day
feel good
reaching goal
inspiration

It's Important!

Letting your friends and family know that their support matters to you is important. And it can't hurt to let them know that you need to hear their support sometimes.

But if your family and friends don't know that you may be in need of their support, they might just find it easier to brush your condition under the rug. In some ways, you may be feeling overwhelmed yourself in all that is involved in your management, and you may not feel that you can properly voice your own needs from your family. Some good ways to start the conversation with them may be to express:

gloomy

feeling doomed, like nothing you do will make a difference in your health now that you have diabetes

angry

feeling angry about all the things you now have to manage

sad

feeling alone, like nobody else has to watch how they treat their body like you do

Diabetes has the potential to affect your entire family. It's important they are informed so they understand what it means.

Here is some information about living with diabetes that you can share with your family so they know what's involved in managing it.

If you're living with diabetes, lifestyle is an important part of your care. It's very important to eat a good balance of foods every day and to get regular exercise. Managing your diabetes also means taking medicine, if needed, and testing your blood glucose levels each day.

If you need to take medicine, be sure to take it as directed. Don't change your dosage or how often you take your medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Take it as prescribed and on time every day. Be careful not to skip doses of insulin or other medicines.

Test your blood for glucose as directed by your doctor. Some people only test once a day. Those who take insulin or more than one medication may need to test four or more times a day. Talk to your doctor about how often you should test your blood glucose.

See your doctor for a hemoglobin A1C test every three to six months. This blood test gives your doctor a picture of your blood glucose levels over the past three months. Ask your doctor if you have questions about your A1C test results. You should have a normal result if most of your blood glucose levels are near 100 mg/dL.

Diabetes is a chronic disease, meaning it will not go away. But it can be managed, and you can lead an active, healthy life.



Here are some supportive phrases your friends and loved ones might have used when they see how well you're managing diabetes. Share them on Pinterest and let others know that their encouragement makes a difference!

good choices
healthy foods
inspiration
walking buddy
every day
feel good
reaching goal
inspiration

The Value of an Endocrinologist

When you are facing a diagnosis of a hormonal condition like diabetes, your doctor may suggest you see an endocrinologist. Here are some reasons why an endocrinologist will provide the level of support and care that you need with this diagnosis.

  • An endocrinologist is a true specialist
    An endocrinologist has studied hormones and hormonal diseases in depth, and will be able to provide the best possible treatment. Most general practitioners have the skills necessary to diagnose and treat basic hormonal conditions, but sometimes the help of a specialist is needed.
  • An endocrinologist helps non-traditional patients
    Some patients find that conventional treatment does not work. In these cases, an endocrinologist is necessary to ensure all possible treatment avenues are pursued.
  • An endocrinologist knows the latest treatments
    An endocrinologist's job is to know the latest changes in hormonal diseases and understand the newest treatments that are available to today's patients.
  • An endocrinologist works with your primary care doctor
    Visiting an endocrinologist does not mean you will never see your primary care doctor again. Going to an endocrinologist when struggling with a hormonal condition gives you another set of eyes to ensure your health is as good as it can be.

Find an endocrinologist to ensure that you are on the path to health with the right medical care. Visit our support group page.