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Other Things You Might Want to Know About

There are many things that cannot be covered in this web site. Some of those things are:

  • What to do if you are feeling really sad or angry or that you can't cope with your diabetes
    • If you have diabetes you may be more likely to be depressed. The good news is that depression can be treated.
  • How to manage stress
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy) and how it affects many parts of the body
    • Constipation
    • Stomach problems
    • Hands, legs, feet
  • Women's issues including pregnancy, vaginal infections, estrogen and insulin resistance, and contraception
  • Men's issues, for example, erectile dysfunction (impotence)
  • Dental health
  • Safe driving
  • Adjusting your medications to vigorous exercise
  • Changing the way you do things
  • Insulin pens and pumps
  • Skin care
  • Smoking cessation
  • What to do if you are traveling

What To Do

  • Talk to your health care providers about any of your questions or concerns. Managing diabetes is a team effort.
  • This web site is to get you started. You will need to learn a lot more over the next few months to be really prepared to control your diabetes for the rest of your life.
  • Take a comprehensive diabetes course. It is covered by insurance. There is one near you.
  • Join a support group.

Tip

If you have a day where you ate more than you planned or skipped your exercise, or you didn't manage your diabetes and life the way you wanted, just keep in mind...that is past and tomorrow is another chance. Remember...you are not alone, diabetes is common, and you can manage your diabetes.

Resources to help you learn more about diabetes

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Diabetes Nurse Educator
  • Diabetes Educator

These providers have special training to help people with diabetes understand their disease. They can help you adapt all the recommendations to your own lifestyle.

  • Pharmacist to help you understand your medications.

Life with Diabetes Course—This comprehensive course in diabetes self-care management will give you a chance to meet others learning to control their diabetes. It can give you new insight and help with your own plan for control. The total course is about 8-12 hours. It may be spread over several weeks.

Vermont Resources

  • American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate: 1-800-639-2105, (802)-654-7716
  • Diabetes Control Program, Vermont Department of Health: 1-800-464-4343, (802)-865-7708
  • Medicare Coverage Information: 1-800-642-5119; www.medicarehelpvt.org
  • Medicare state-specific referral guide: www.medicarehelpvt.org

Ask your health care provider for more local information.

National Resources

Magazines

Diabetes Forecast (monthly) - American Diabetes Association $28 (includes ADA membership) 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382)

Books

Medicines for People with Diabetes. NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) No. 99-4222, 1999. Order from National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, 1 Information Way, Bethesda, MD 20892-3560. Tel: (301) 654-3327. You can request a copy of the book from ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov

Month of Meals: Classic Cooking. American Diabetes Association, PO Box 930850, Atlanta, Georgia 31193-0850.

Carbohydrate Counting: Getting Started published by the American Diabetes Association. To order you can call 1-800-232-6733, (then press 1) or you can order online: http://store.diabetes.org/adabooks/. They have many other books as well.

 

 

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This guide is not a substitute for the judgment of trained professionals.
If you are a person with diabetes you should seek care from a qualified practitioner.


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