Assemble the Troops
One of the most important things you can do after being diagnosed with diabetes is to research the health professionals who will help you manage the disease. Without these people, a diabetic is at risk for developing heart disease, foot problems and poor eye health, amongst several other complications.
A diabetes management team should include:
* A diabetes educator. He or she will be able to walk you through the loads of information on your condition, helping you to determine the helpful from the harmful.
* A registered dietitian. A diet tailored to your diabetic needs is vital, and a nutritional expert will be tuned in to what your body requires for maximum health.
* A podiatrist. Diabetes causes decreased circulation and sensitivity to pain in the feet, leaving diabetics at a high risk for infection, which can lead to amputation.
* A dentist. If you haven’t been going for regular checkups, now is the time. Diabetics are more prone to mouth diseases, like gingivitis.
* An eye doctor. Diabetes can harm blood vessels in the eyes, but when caught early, eye problems that often affect diabetics can be prevented.
These are the people who can make life with diabetes a fulfilled one, so get busy and get them behind you in your fight against the disease!