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Why Do I Need to See a Diabetes Educator?

Get the Facts You Need to Manage Your Diabetes

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EVIE4NOW
thanks for a great awareness article. Report
DH and I went to one back in April. It was the best thing we ever did...learned so much and have now have the tools to really understand how to manage his diabetes. Report
Education is the key but I've found I had to educate myself. Like a few of the posters here my diabetes educator was not the best. I've been to a few others and some were OK, some not so OK but none were great, nor did they follow up. Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL
When I was diagnosed, our insurance provider made you go to 8 hours of class. Received a Book with info, a wellness instructor, and lots doctors to provide us with help including a psychologist who showed and told us how our mental health played a big part in keeping our diabetes under control. I am many years into this program and they have never wavered in their support of us. Report
Yes. Education is very important. I was in my 40's when my first primary doctor said false positives are common, and I didn't have diabetes. I took my lab results to a new primary, who said a fbt over 120 is considered diabetic (mine had been creeping up steadily for 6 years when it hit 236); he handed me a bunch of pamphlets, a bunch of pills, a test kit, and made an appointment with a dietitian. I went home, read everything, and did what the pamphlets said. At the appointment, the dietitian gave me a bunch of paperwork, then a booklet with questions for me to answer. I completed the booklet at the meeting, she went over my answers, then said there wasn't anything she could tell me that I didn't already know. I was embarrassed for taking her time, then went home. Nobody needs that kind of diabetes educator. Report
Thanks much for the article. I've been diabetic over half my life and think I know everything - but I need reminders and guidance. Periodically visiting a diabetes educator is a good idea. Report
I am lucky. Having been diagnosed as pre-diabetic I was given a Rx but also told to lose eeight, exercise & reduce stress. My employer offered health & wellness classes,12 hrs a yr per employee, so I went. We also got to meet w/ a dietitian once a year. Very helpful so btwn that & SP, I've done well - not great but that was on me. Now retired I am much more diligent & getting a referral to a diabetes educator thru Medicare upstairs in my dr's bldg. Report
I was told all I need to know was on the internet. Follow an 1800 cal diet and keep carbs under 40 Per day. Following this my A1C has gone from 5.7 yo 6.9. I have gained weight, FBS 150 and not on med. Last visit was told to keep trying. Ugh. I exercise regularly, so much so that I have bursitis and tendonitis of the hip from getting so many steps. Report
Thanks for a great article! Report
Very interesting. Thank you. Report
This is a great article and so very true! Report
interesting Report
Knowledge is power. Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL
Our insurance company depends on you going to wellness and diabetic classes and keeps up with your numbers to give benefits. Report

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