IntroductionThis is dangerous stuff to think about so get rid of it right away. No one should ever think this way because your diabetes care is up to you. It is up to you to eat healthy, it is up to you to exercise and it is up to you to do everything possible to keep you safe. Your doctor is not going to be there 24-7 to hold your hands and see if you are doing your job of taking care of yourself and diabetes.
My Doctor Works On My Diabetes, So I Don’t Have To Be Concerned.Diabetes is different. It is not something you go to your doctor for where you are diagnosed and the doctor writes a prescription on a medication you should take and voila! You are cured. I repeat diabetes is different. It is something you have to manage every day so that you are protected from having it get worse and stop you from enjoying your life.
To manage the diabetes. one has to make a lot of crucial decisions like what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. And that’s not all. You have to exercise and take your medicine. Then you have to take care your blood sugar level so it is within target range to keep you from getting sick for that will entail a whole new set of things to do like keeping enough supplies and your stress level under control.
You also have to schedule doctors’ appointments and keep track of them. There will be laboratory tests to schedule also and to keep the record of the same. Doing all these may be tiring but it is worth it. Research has shown that those who take charge of their diabetes this way do much better than their counterparts who do not concern themselves with their diabetes management.
Your doctor will not be there to eat dinner with you and tell you to eat more vegetables. Nor will he be there when you wake up and remind you to take your blood test. There are no two ways about it. You have got to manage your diabetes. Get help from magazines and websites and books but also more importantly seek out some support groups and go to health fairs with them. The more you do, the better you will be at managing your diabetes.
Even your own diabetes care team will not be able to manage without your help. You are a very important member of this group. You have to provide them with what you eat, how much and when you eat plus the records of what you eat and when you take your medication and what exercise you indulge in. On top of all of these you have to regulate all of these in order for your blood sugar to cooperate.
In fact you have to create your own treatment plan with your diabetes care team. You can only start this by learning all about diabetes and about you. Then find out what your role is in this treatment plan, what your target levels are and how adaptable you can be to these targets. After you have identified all these, then you are ready to put all these together as a self-management plan with the help of your diabetes care team.
Congratulations on creating your own self-management plan by doing the steps in the previous paragraph. But it does not stop here. Now it is time to put the plan into action. Experiment on everything in the plan, be it on eating healthy, moving more, testing the blood sugar and keeping records on these so you can assess how each one affects you and your blood sugar. You can then make changes until the target levels are achieved.
ConclusionNow you know how important a role you have to play in taking care of you and your diabetes. Don’t worry though because there will be a lot of help around. Believe that you will succeed and you will. Don’t worry about setbacks for there may be bumps on the road. But with an open mind and good honest work on your part, you will certainly take care of your diabetes.
By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman
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