Need a little extra help managing your diabetes? Some of the best ways to do this include eating a healthy diet, taking your medications as prescribed and continuously working with your doctor and NOAH care team members.
Your healthcare team includes your doctor, dietitian, behavioral health counselor, and care coordinator. But remember, you are the most important member of the team. Your health care team is available to help you manage your diabetes and maintain your good health.
How often should I see my doctor?
People with diabetes who are treated with insulin shots generally should see their doctor at least every three to four months. People with diabetes who are treated with pills or who are managing diabetes through diet should be seen at least every four to six months. More frequent visits may be necessary if your blood sugar is not controlled or if complications of diabetes are worsening.
What information should I give my doctor?
Generally, your doctor needs to know how well your diabetes is controlled and whether diabetic complications are starting or getting worse. Therefore, at each visit, provide your doctor with your home blood sugar monitoring record and report any symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).
Your doctor also should be informed of any changes in your diet, exercise, or medicines, and of any new illnesses you may have developed. Tell your doctor if you have experienced any symptoms of eye, nerve, kidney, or cardiovascular problems, such as:
- Blurred vision
- Numbness or tingling in your feet
- Persistent hand, feet, face, or leg swelling
- Cramping or pain in the legs
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- Unusual weight gain
The following resources provide basic tips to help you achieve these goals (thanks to AADE)! Don’t forget to see your provider every 3-6 months to discuss your diabetes care plan and to meet with a NOAH Care Coordinator for diabetes education and health tips!
Just call us at 480-882-4545.