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Diabetes can be a complicated disease!

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Diabetes Care Guidelines

You are not alone in managing your diabetes. We are here to support you in your health care! Below are some reccomended care steps.

  1. Regular visits with your treating physician. You may also want to see an endocrinologist, which is a doctor that specializes in diabetes. Click here for a list of endocrinologists in our network. If your blood sugar is not under control, your doctor may need to see you more often. 
  2. Medical Nutrition Therapy. For a lot of people with diabetes, one of the most challenging aspects is figuring out what to eat. The American Diabetes Association tells us that a healthy diet is essential in diabetes management. They recommend that each person work with thier health care team and preferably a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist who is also a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). 
  3. Annual dialated eye exam. This is important becasue high blood sugar can damage the small vessels in the eyes. The American Diabetes Association recommends a yearly dialated eye exam to catch any problems. Manatee YourChoice Health Plan allows for this yearly exam with an ophthamologist or optometrist with no co-pay.
  4. Annual foot exam. This is to check for any wounds, problems, or evidenc or neuropathy (numbness, tingling or burning in the feet). A priary care physician or podiatrist can do this exam.

Are you or a family member newly diagnosed with diabetes?

We know the decisions and care guidelines can be overwhelming. We are here to help!

Start your diabetes care by watching our Survival Skills series. These are online videos that you can watch at any time to get a better understanding of the basics of diabetes self care. If you have any questions, please call ext. 6412.

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