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Living Well with Diabetes

Get Support! Managing your diabetes is mostly up to you. But you don’t have to go it alone. A team of health care experts will teach you how to manage diabetes and the health risks it brings. Your family and friends can also provide support. Think about what kind of help you will need. Then decide whom to ask for that support. Your Health Care Team Your diabetes health care team will work with you to create a management plan. Team members may include: • A primary care provider, such as a general practitioner, internist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. This is the person whom you probably see most often and who can refer you to specialists as needed. 15 • An endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in diabetes. • A registered dietitian, an expert in food and nutrition, to teach you how food affects your blood glucose and how to plan meals. • A diabetes educator, often a nurse, to teach you to manage and live with diabetes. • A health psychologist or social worker, to help you with the emotional aspects of managing your condition. • A pharmacist, who fills your prescriptions and explains your medications. Your Family and Friends Family and friends can help support your efforts to take care of your health. They may be concerned about your condition and worried about complications. Or, it may be hard for them to understand all the changes you are making. But the important people in your life can help you succeed. People who care about you want to help. Think about the people who can support you, and the specific ways they can help. Then ask for the support you need. Your family and friends can help you stay focused and confident as you learn to manage diabetes. Chapter 1: You Can Live Well With Diabetes! Keep Track of Important Information Exams, Tests, and Vaccinations Wallet Card (cut around dotted line and fold in half) Exams, Tests, and Vaccinations Date It’s a good idea to keep track of all of your exams, tests, and vaccinations by writing down the date that you had your last exam, test, or vaccination. Also, you can keep track of all of your providers’ contact information by keeping a list of their phone numbers. Wallet cards for both are provided for you here. Fill in and update all of the information to keep with you at all times to refer to. *Ask your doctor which vaccinations would help you. Done Date Done Date Done Date Done Date Done Date Done Date Done A1C (every 3–6 months) Blood Pressure (every doctor visit) Cholesterol/Blood Lipids (once a year) Foot Exam (every time you visit your doctor) Flu Shot (once a year*) Pneumonia Shot (at least once, then as directed*) Fold line Fold line Provider Contact Information Wallet Card (cut around dotted line and fold in half) Provider Contact Information Primary Care Provider: Endocrinologist: Registered Dietitian: Diabetes Educator: Health Psychologist or Social Worker: Pharmacist: Ophthalmologist: Optometrist: Podiatrist: Dentist: Fold line Fold line This workbook is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem. ©2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 StayWell, LLC. www.staywell.com 800-333-3032 All rights reserved. Made in the USA. Print out this helpful sheet to keep track of important information.


Living Well with Diabetes
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