Diabetes Management

How a Diabetes Educator Can Help You

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Diabetes Management

If you have diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage your disease. Healthy eating, physical activity, learning how to monitor your blood glucose, and adhering to a medication schedule, will reduce your risk from Diabetic complications.

As a board certified Diabetes Educator, Alix helps people that have Diabetes understand how to eat properly, select the right portion sizes at meal times and snacks, and count carbohydrates accurately to successfully manage blood glucoses. Carbohydrate awareness and better meal planning also translate to successful food selections in restaurants and when traveling, helping to minimize high and low blood glucoses.

From sick day management, to learning how to safely respond to hypo or hyperglycemic events, Alix helps her patients resolve these big blood glucose swings.

The meal plans that are developed with the patient’s input are fashioned to help the patient stay healthy, and provide ongoing support to make that plan a regular part of life.

Diabetes education is a recognized part of your diabetes care and is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans when it is offered through an accredited diabetes education program, or Dietitian provider, which has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Diabetes may not have a cure, but you can control it and live well. Learn how to better manage your disease, so it doesn’t manage you.

The American Association of Diabetes Educators has set seven key areas called Self-Care Behaviors that are focused on during the diabetes counseling sessions. Every person with diabetes should be aware of and have a professional work with them to set priorities and coach them on each of these areas.

AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™

Healthy Eating

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods or stop eating in restaurants. In fact, there is nothing you can’t eat. But you need to know that the foods you eat affect your blood sugar.
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Being Active

Being active not just about losing weight. It has many health benefits like lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, lowering stress and anxiety, and improving your mood. If you have diabetes, physical activity can also help keep your blood sugar levels to normal and help you keep your diabetes in control.
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Monitoring

Checking your blood sugar levels regularly gives you vital information about your diabetes management. Monitoring helps you know when your blood sugar levels are on target and it helps you make food and activity adjustments so that your body can perform at its best.
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Taking Medication

There are several types of medications that are often recommended for people with diabetes. Insulin, pills that lower your blood sugar, aspirin, blood pressure medication, cholesterol-lowering medication, or a number of others may work together to lower your blood sugar levels, reduce your risk of complications and help you feel better.
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Problem Solving

Everyone encounters problems with their diabetes control; you can’t plan for every situation you may face. However, there are some problem-solving skills that can help you prepare for the unexpected — and make a plan for dealing with similar problems in the future.
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Reducing Risks

Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk for developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps now to lower your chance of diabetes-related complications.
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Healthy Coping

Diabetes can affect you physically and emotionally. It’s natural to have mixed feelings about your diabetes management and experience highs and lows. The important thing is to recognize these emotions as normal but take steps to reduce the negative impact they can have on your self-care.

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