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People Who Can Help You
Your doctor. You may see your regular doctor for diabetes care or someone who has special training in caring for people with diabetes. A doctor with special training in diabetes is called an endocrinologist or diabetologist.
You'll talk with your doctor about what kind of medicines you need and how much you should take. You'll also agree on a target blood glucose range and blood pressure and cholesterol targets. Your doctor will do tests to be sure your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol are staying on track and you're staying healthy. Ask your doctor if you should take aspirin every day to help prevent heart disease.
Your diabetes educator. A diabetes educator may be a nurse, a dietitian, or another kind of health care worker. Diabetes educators teach you about meal planning, diabetes medicines, physical activity, how to check your blood glucose, and how to fit diabetes care into your everyday life. Be sure to ask questions if you don't understand something.
Your family and friends. Taking care of your diabetes is a daily job. You may need help or support from your family or friends. You may want to bring a family member or close friend with you when you visit your doctor or diabetes educator. Taking good care of your diabetes can be a family affair!
A counselor or mental health worker. You might feel sad about having diabetes or get tired of taking care of yourself. Or you might be having problems because of work, school, or family. If diabetes makes you feel sad or angry, or if you have other problems that worry you, you can talk with a counselor or mental health worker. Your doctor or diabetes educator can help you find a counselor.
Organizations That Can Help You
How to Find a Diabetes Educator
To find a diabetes educator near you, call the American Association of Diabetes Educators toll-free at 1-800-832-6874, or go to www.diabeteseducator.org and see the "Find a Diabetes Educator" section.
How to Find a Dietitian
To find a dietitian near you, contact the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org and click on "Find a Registered Dietitian."
How to Find Programs about Diabetes
To find programs about diabetes or for additional information, contact
Both of these organizations have magazines and other information for people with diabetes. They also have local groups in many places where you can meet other people who have diabetes.
How to Get More Information about Diabetes
To get more information about taking care of diabetes, contact
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
National Diabetes Education Program
1 Diabetes Way
Bethesda, MD 20814-9692
Phone: 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337)
Page last updated: December 6, 2011