Hi, my name is Chris and I need some help and guidance with me having type one diabetes.
One of the best steps you can take to manage your diabetes is to meet with a diabetes educator, as well as a dietitian. An educator, who is often a nurse, will teach you about blood glucose monitoring, interpreting your blood glucose numbers, insulin adjustments, sick day management, foot care and much more. A dietitian will help you develop a meal plan that will also help you better manage your diabetes, taking into account your lifestyle, food preferences and the way you like to eat. Chances are, your local hospital or diabetes center offers classes where you can learn about all aspects of diabetes self-management and meet others with diabetes, too. Or you can schedule individual appointments – check with your health plan to find out what services it covers. Your physician can give you a referral for diabetes self-management education and medical nutrition therapy with a dietitian. There’s a lot to learn about living with and managing diabetes, so it’s worthwhile to invest the time and take advantage of programs, educators and dietitians in your area.