I was diagnosed type 2 about 2 years ago. Normally when there is something important in my life I get involved and through others I meet I learn everything I can. But since being diagnosed I feel sorely under-educated on diabetes. Early on I was given the basic information like how to test and what to do about lows. I met with a diabetes educator every three months for the first year and met with a dietician once after requesting it. I get an A1c every 3 months and meet with my doctor for the results. I also do annual foot and eye exams.
Outside of the medical industry I have searched for local groups with no luck. There are no support groups, the local ADA is a mailbox and voicemail, and any professional I have asked does not know of any groups active in the diabetes community.
I also have the side issue of having adult ADD so sitting down and reading a book just doesn't happen no matter how much I try.
So I'm stuck with the medical community for my information and so far I'm not impressed with their willingness to educate.
I've heard the term "diabetes team" being thrown around and I wonder if my team is complete. I have my primary physician, a CBE that I guess I can make an appointment with, a dietician who only gives me a well photocopied page of basic serving sizes and percentages as a diet guideline, an ophthalmologist, and a podiatrist.
Is there anyone else I should have on my "team"? Are there any other resources I should take advantage of?
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