Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
What do you think is "lacking" in diabetes care?
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Hi. My name is Rebekah and I am an RN in Missouri. My mother has type 2 diabetes and there are several areas of her care that I feel should have been addressed further or more often.
I am currently obtaining my Masters Degree in Nursing Education and part of that degree involves a direct patient care clinical where we select a chronic condition to study. I would like to hear from others what your experiences have been and where you feel improvements could and should be made.
Areas that I have noted are :
Too much information to process when you are diagnosed
Little follow-up care
No referral to an endocrinologist
No real tracking by health professionals
No "adjustments" to care when health status has changed (my mom is older and tends to forget things more often which has never been addressed in the healthcare setting)
Lack of support for caregivers
I can probably name a lot more, but I am more interested in hearing from those that live with diabetes.
I know that I can't change everything, but I am and will always be a strong advocate for patients.
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I agree, there is so much to learn and manage with diabetes that it can get really overwhelming. Even some days when I have a lot going on it's hard for me to manage after years of having this. I wish there was more intensive and accessible training or education or something. And more specific guidance or instructions. I remember feeling like I had been thrown into the ocean with no life raft.
Hi all, I thought I'd renew this discussion which seems quite interesting.
Do you have anything else you could add to what others have already mentioned? @valtastic @Trina83! @lbenita @gdwych @Chele:) @Bosorio93 @vin2022 @SJC1986 @tamlynn @arslan.farooki @A1MORLEY @chais18a do not hesitate to share your own experience.
Thank you all!
Take care and stay safe!
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
When you go shopping for food, read the labels. Check the sugar content. You do need a small amount for energy, however anything over 15 grams of sugar, I hesitate to buy. Follow you doctor's orders on any diabetes medications especially insulin. Exercise and if you are unable to, at least go for a brisk walk. Drink plenty of water
When you eat out, eat more vegetables, salads, and lean meats. Drink plenty of water and stay away from fruit juices and sodas including diet sodas. Why diet sodas? Research shows they do not help with losing weight and it can make some people feel bloated.
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