Taking steps to control diabetes, so that its harmful effects are reduced, involves both healthcare professionals and people with diabetes themselves. Like anyone else with a long-term health problem, people with diabetes play a central role in supporting their health on a day-to-day basis by, for example, eating well, taking exercise, getting enough rest, administering treatments, recognising and responding to symptoms, or managing work, stress or other psychological problems. There are also some special issues for people with diabetes, including the need for some people to monitor glucose levels in the bloodstream and to check the body regularly for early signs of complications.
People with diabetes are encouraged to take this type of active approach to managing their health because it is known to have certain benefits, such as contributing to reduced blood glucose levels and an improved quality of life. Of course, for people with diabetes to be able to manage their diabetes well, and to participate in decisions that are made about their care and treatment, they must have the necessary knowledge, skills and motivation.
Following diagnosis, Diabetes Healthcare Professionals provide educational support that is structured to help people adjust to their new circumstances and understand more about the risks posed by diabetes and how the condition is managed. This website is one such effort to provide education about diabetes, but there are many other examples, including training courses, magazines and leaflets. DAFNE and DESMOND are two recognised training courses for people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, respectively.
Planning For Diabetes Control
It is recommended that everyone who is diagnosed with diabetes, as well as those who have been living with the condition for some time, receives an individual care plan that is developed with the person’s doctor and other professionals involved in their care, and is reviewed annually.
The care plan should act as a record of the following types of information:
Download a checklist for recording HbA1c, cholesterol and blood pressure test results below:
Diabetes Annual Checklist (in pdf format)
Note this file is in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. If you have not installed and configured Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, a free download is available from Adobe.