Diabetes education is the cornerstone of diabetes management, because diabetes requires day-to-day knowledge of nutrition, exercise, monitoring, and medication.
Diabetes is different from other diseases that medication alone can often times successfully treat. There are many components to diabetes, such as: the diabetes disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, glucose monitoring, and psychosocial adjustment.
Diabetes education makes you more aware of diabetes, what it takes to treat it, and gives you the power to control it. Diabetes education allows you to better incorporate education into your life and make the necessary changes to improve your lifestyle.
Diabetes education and self-management training should be done with a team, through an integrated system of care, such as that provided by Cornerstone Care.
Your diabetes care team consists of:
Your Primary Care Physician who understands diabetes
A certified Diabetes Educator
A Nutritionist or Counselor
Cornerstone Care’s integrated system of care gives you access to all of these people,
Your Cornerstone Care primary care provider will help you with your diabetes self-management goals, which will be individualized, measurable and achievable. They will help you create very specific short-term goals as well as long-term goals. An example of a short-term goal might be saying you’ll lose one to two pounds per week, while a long-term goal would be to lose 50 pounds.
Diabetes education is an ongoing process that should be repeated every one to two years. This allows patients to keep up to date. Diabetes education gives you the power to control your diabetes, so it doesn’t end up controlling you.