Coping and Support

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Maj Hemstad
Controlling your blood glucose levels is mostly up to you, but you’re not on your own when it comes to learning to live with diabetes. Your healthcare team, family, and friends can all offer you support.

Your healthcare team will work closely with you to find a management plan that’s right for you. Together, you’ll figure out the best diet and activity plans, as well as the appropriate medicines, that fit into your daily routines and meet your specific needs. Your healthcare team is likely to include:

  • Your primary care provider
  • An endocrinologist, who specializes in treating patients with diabetes
  • A registered dietician
  • A diabetes educator
  • A health psychologist or social worker, and
  • In some cases, a physical therapist

Lt Col Reynolds
It can be helpful to talk about your diabetes diagnosis with family, friends, and work supervisor. These people can support you as you navigate a new routine and help you stick to a schedule that meets your treatment needs. They are also the people who will be around if you should have an emergency, or if you get sick, so don’t be afraid to ask them to learn about your condition along with you.

Parents of children who have been diagnosed with diabetes should be there to support their children, answer their questions, and help them manage their disease. But parents of a diabetic child need support too. Providers can recommend mental health professionals or support groups to help people cope with a diabetes diagnosis.