|Description:||This image depicts a man with diabetes in the background listening to a community health worker familiar with the necessary proactive approach one must implement in order to maintain control over the detrimental effects of this disease. The health worker was providing answers to questions posed by the patient regarding actions he’d need to take, enabling him to lead a healthy, active life with diabetes. She was referencing a spiral-bound manual created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled, “Controle Su Diabetes”, which translated into English means, “Control Your Diabetes”.|
Healthy eating, physical activity, and insulin injections are the basic therapies for type 1 diabetes. The amount of insulin taken must be balanced with food intake and daily activities. Blood glucose levels must be closely monitored through frequent blood glucose testing.
Healthy eating, physical activity, and blood glucose testing are the basic therapies for type 2 diabetes. In addition, many people with type 2 diabetes require oral medication, insulin, or both to control their blood glucose levels.
People with diabetes must take responsibility for their day-to-day care, and keep blood glucose levels from going too low or too high.
People with diabetes should see a health care provider who will monitor their diabetes control and help them learn to manage their diabetes. In addition, people with diabetes may see endocrinologists, who may specialize in diabetes care; ophthalmologists for eye examinations; podiatrists for routine foot care; and dietitians and diabetes educators who teach the skills needed for daily diabetes management.