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Yes. Education is very important. I was in my 40's when my first primary doctor said false positives are common, and I didn't have diabetes. I took my lab results to a new primary, who said a fbt over 120 is considered diabetic (mine had been creeping up steadily for 6 years when it hit 236); he handed me a bunch of pamphlets, a bunch of pills, a test kit, and made an appointment with a dietitian. I went home, read everything, and did what the pamphlets said. At the appointment, the dietitian gave me a bunch of paperwork, then a booklet with questions for me to answer. I completed the booklet at the meeting, she went over my answers, then said there wasn't anything she could tell me that I didn't already know. I was embarrassed for taking her time, then went home. Nobody needs that kind of diabetes educator.
Thanks much for the article. I've been diabetic over half my life and think I know everything - but I need reminders and guidance. Periodically visiting a diabetes educator is a good idea.
I am lucky. Having been diagnosed as pre-diabetic I was given a Rx but also told to lose eeight, exercise & reduce stress. My employer offered health & wellness classes,12 hrs a yr per employee, so I went. We also got to meet w/ a dietitian once a year. Very helpful so btwn that & SP, I've done well - not great but that was on me. Now retired I am much more diligent & getting a referral to a diabetes educator thru Medicare upstairs in my dr's bldg.
I was told all I need to know was on the internet. Follow an 1800 cal diet and keep carbs under 40 Per day. Following this my A1C has gone from 5.7 yo 6.9. I have gained weight, FBS 150 and not on med. Last visit was told to keep trying. Ugh. I exercise regularly, so much so that I have bursitis and tendonitis of the hip from getting so many steps.
Thanks for a great article!
Very interesting. Thank you.
This is a great article and so very true!
Knowledge is power.
Our insurance company depends on you going to wellness and diabetic classes and keeps up with your numbers to give benefits.
I see my diabetes educator regularly.
I belong to a horrible health care system where I was recently diagnosed with T2 diabetes (based solely on a single borderline A1c result) and was told it was my own fault for "eating all those sweets and not exercising enough." The crummy doctor who told me that didn't even ASK me what I eat - because I have never had a sweet tooth and have never eaten a lot of sugar. I told her I have always exercised regularly, which is the truth, but she dismissed me saying, "obviously whatever you're doing isn't working." Then she promised to put me in touch with a Diabetes Educator and I never heard from her again. I'm not obese, I exercise regularly, I eat a healthy diet, and I STILL have a degree of insulin resistance (whether full blown T2 or not, that is still not settled in my mind.) So what is a diabetes educator going to do to help me? The assumption is that T2 diabetics just need to stop eating sweets and exercise. But some of us don't fall into that category, believe it or not.
Education is the key. The more you know the better you are. For some one who lives with diabetes, it is a daily motivation to keep myself healthier. Great article!!!
Don;t think we have these at least not whee I live (capitol city so we should if we did )
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