Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is a scary thought, but not as scary as feeling like you have to deal with the disease on your own. If you try to cope with the emotional and physical burden of type 2 diabetes care via on your own, you may be setting yourself up for failure. 

That's why it's so important that you form your own "diabetes care team" to help you deal with the initial shock and get you on the right track.

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Who is on your diabetes care team?

Your pharmacist. Your pharmacist is standing right behind your doctor because of the medicines they are likely to offer you. Your pharmacist is well trained in:

  • various diabetes medications
  • what side effects they might cause and
  • how to deal with them when they do.

You can also work directly with your doctor to find alternatives if you don't agree with a particular medication.

Your nutritionist. A diabetes nutritionist is responsible for helping you not only with what you should and shouldn't eat but also why. Your knowledge of the "good" and "bad" aspects of the foods you choose to eat gives you the power to make your own health decisions.

Type 2 diabetes is no longer a disease to deal with. It doesn't have to get worse slowly and surely. Now is the time to deal with this disease… and get your life back. But don't forget to include your friends and family in your "diabetes treatment plan."