I’ve just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. What should I do?
It can be overwhelming when you are first diagnosed, but it’s important for you to know there are lots of things you can do to keep yourself healthy and free of long-term complications. Make sure you have a primary care physician with whom you can talk and who understands the importance of controlling diabetes. He or she should be able to answer some of your initial concerns and questions, order diabetes medication if needed and write a prescription for a blood glucose meter. The next step you will want to take is to get educated about the disease. Attending a local education class on diabetes, seeing a dietitian or a diabetes educator are all good ways to do this. Ask your doctor for suggestions. If you go to the website for the American Association of Diabetes Educators(www.diabeteseducator.org/DiabetesEducation/Find.html ) and put in your zip code, it will give you names of the diabetes educators near you . Joslin’s website (www.joslin.org) has a library of information about diabetes also. Specifically, you will want to learn about how to use your blood glucose meter, how often to check, what the numbers mean, how much carb to eat and how much physical activity is recommended. If you take a medication, you will want to understand how it works, when and how much to take and what to do for side effects. Using websites, such as this one, talking to family and friends and reading about your diabetes are also excellent ways to learn more about it.
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