Meet your di­a­betes team

Stay­ing healthy be­gins with your health care pro­fes­sion­als, and ends with you.

Diabetes Care Guide (English) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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