Diabetes is primarily self-care, making the patient the key player in control. Our self-management education program, which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, includes a full range of topics:
- Nutrition for good health and blood glucose control
- Exercise and activity
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Diabetes medications
- Getting the best blood glucose control with your treatment plan
- Signs that may indicate you need a change in your treatment plan
- Family involvement and social support
- Prevention, detection and treatment of complications
- Strategies to change behavior
What is self-management care planning?
Self-management care planning is a way for you to be more involved in decisions about your current health and treatments. Treatment decisions are made with you based on goals that are important to you.
What can you do to make the self-management process work best for you?
- Ask questions. We want you to be successful with your health care treatments. Health care and treatment can be confusing. By answering your questions, your care provider learns more about you and can consider treatment alternatives.
- Don't assume that your care provider has all the answers. You are the most knowledgeable part of the team.
- Talk about what is working and not working in your treatment plan. You know most about what may work best for you related to your treatment plans. You certainly know when a treatment is not working or creating other problems. Talk about these issues.
- Keep follow-up appointments. Follow-up appointments allow for you and your care provider to review the plan and make adjustments. If you need to be seen sooner, call for a new appointment.