Health Care Support Teams ~ Part One of Two

Health Care Support Team ~ 1 of 2

Managing diabetes does not involve just YOU, it will involve a whole Health Care Support Team. Creating a team of health care professionals that you feel comfortable with and that will work with you may take some time to find but in the long run they will become one of your most important TOOLS in the care of your diabetes.

You are the first step in forming this team, as ALL your doctors will be making their professional decisions based on the information that you give them during your routine appointments. Only you and I know how our bodies are affected daily by our diabetes and knowledge of this information will help your primary diabetes doctor give you the best care. It will depend on what type of records you keep on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and I’m a record person and in some ways I probably go a little over board, however, these are the type of records that I keep:

1. Morning, Noon, Dinner and Pre-Bedtime blood glucose levels.
2. Notations of why I may have had high or low blood glucose readings.
3. Medications
4. The total grams of Carbs, Protein and Fat through-out the day.

Most importantly I really try to be honest with my doctor, I have learned that the words, I’m Fine, just don’t cut it with my doctor and they should not with your doctor either.
My search for a new Primary Care Doctor came when my husband was transferred to another State and I left the only Diabetes doctor I’d ever had.

Your choice of doctors may be Family Practice Physicians, Internists or an Endocrinologist. An Endocrinologist has been specially trained in diseases like diabetes. Your choice of doctors will be very important as they are the person that will refer you to the other doctors that make up your Health Care Support Team.

Ask your doctor questions, see how they respond to you, get a feel for whether or not they are listening to you and find out if you are comfortable talking to them. Find out:

1. What percentage of their patients are diabetics and how many type 1 or type 2 diabetic make up that percentage.
2. Will they refer to other educators and dietitians.
3. What type of training do they have in diabetes.

Don’t stay with a doctor that doesn’t allow you to be a part of your Health Care Support Team, ask questions of the doctor, ask diabetic family members and co-workers who they go to and most importantly why did they chose the doctor that they go to.


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