Managing your diabetes takes a team working together to get the job done.
Your diabetes health care team will help develop a treatment plan that's made just for you. Also, the team can help you cope with some of the emotions and feelings that people with diabetes have to deal with.
Who Is on the Diabetes Health Care Team?
You'll probably meet one or more of these diabetes health care team members during your checkups:
A doctor on the team will lead your diabetes care. Often this person is a pediatric endocrinologist or diabetes specialist. They’ll stay in touch with the whole team to coordinate care and will:
make and monitor your diabetes management plan
prescribe and adjust insulin as needed
answer your questions
Your primary care provider (usually a pediatrician or family doctor) will still provide care as usual and stay in contact with the diabetes care team.
Nurses and Diabetes Educators
Nurses and diabetes educators can help you put your care plan into practice every day. They will:
explain what diabetes is and how it affects the body
teach you how to use insulin injections or an insulin pump
explain how to treat high and low blood sugar levels
show you how to adjust medicines for exercise and sick days
show you how to test blood sugar levels, work the blood glucose meter, and test the accuracy of blood sugar monitoring equipment used at home
check on progress with the care plan goals
discuss any challenges
A Registered Dietitian
A registered dietitian will guide you on meal planning to help keep your blood sugars steady. The dietitian will:
teach you to read labels, count carbohydrates (carbs), and adjust meals
share recipe and snack ideas
communicate with the care team
answer your questions about meal planning, carb counting, and blood sugars
A Mental Health Provider
It can take time to get used to living with diabetes, and sometimes you may need extra support. A mental health provider can be a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor. They can:
give ideas to help you adjust at home, work, or school
help you cope with new feelings or routines
connect you to support groups or services (like financial help to pay for supplies)
Always remember that you don't have to manage diabetes on your own. You can count on your team members to support you and answer your questions — the team has lots of experience with helping people deal with diabetes.