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Q:

When i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the doctor walked in, said you have diabetes, wrote two prescriptions and left. No instructions on how to manage it, or where to go to find out. Now 8 years later it is just getting worse. I started out on 2 pills, then 2 pills and sliding scale insulin. Now I am on Metformin 1000 mg 2xdaily, 5 units Humilin before meals, 15 units lantus at bedtime. I dont understand about carbs or really anything about the proper diet.

Amy Campbell

A:

There’s so much more to managing diabetes than just taking medicine. Everyone with diabetes needs to learn about their condition and how to best take care of it. I strongly suggest that you look into diabetes education programs in your community. Chances are, your local hospital offers a program. Visit their website or call and inquire about classes or sessions with a diabetes educator and dietitian. You can also visit the American Diabetes website at http://www.diabetes.org/help/contact-us.html or give them a call to ask about resources in your area. Diabetes education is time well-spent; you’ll feel more in control and be better equipped to take care of your diabetes.

March 5, 2013 at 2:20 am