Tips for Newbies ( Diabetes )
Just diagnosed with diabetes and don’t know where to begin? Here are five things you should do right away to get a handle on your treatment.
Go to class. Call your doctor and ask for a referral to a diabetes education class taught by a certified diabetes educator (CDE).
Get a meter. Buy a blood glucose meter, test strips, and lancets for testing your blood sugar levels at home.
Reassess your diet. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you’ll need to learn how food impacts your diabetes. Get a referral to a registered dietitian (RD) for specialized meal planning assistance.
Seek support. Find out if your local hospital has a diabetes support group, or find a virtual group online. Hearing from others who share your concerns helps.
Ask questions. Call your provider’s office if you need more information or have questions about your treatment. She’s there to help.
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