Meet your diabetes team
Staying healthy begins with your health care professionals, and ends with you.
There are many individuals who will support you as you learn to live with type 2 diabetes. Each has a specialty, but they all have one goal in common: helping you take charge and live well with diabetes. You are a member of the team — the most important member, in fact. You are always there – making daily decisions that will have an impact on your diabetes management. Be sure to ask questions when information isn’t clear, or if you need more information.
Your team will help you safely achieve healthy targets for blood glucose, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. Your physician will prescribe and adjust medications as required, and refer you to a specialist if necessary. Each time you visit with a member of your team, you will have an opportunity to learn more.
There is a lot of diabetes information that can also be found in books, magazines, television shows, support groups and, of course, the Internet. Always check to make sure the information is from a reliable source, such as a Certified Diabetes Educator, and that the information is based on the Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines. The Canadian Diabetes Association (now Diabetes Canada) offers detailed information on the clinical practice guidelines, as well as diabetes in general. Visit their website at diabetes.ca.
You can also find good information through Diabète Quebec: visit www.diabete.qc.ca.