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Is diabetes a self-managed illness?

Diabetes, in itself, is a chronic illness which is self-managed. You are in charge of caring for yourself, taking your medications as prescribed, keeping healthcare providers appointments, and ensuring lifestyle changes are adapted. However, please remember you are not alone in the management of diabetes. You, an educated healthcare consumer, are the center of care. However, within your reach are a range of healthcare professionals who will work with you throughout your management of diabetes. These professionals included physicians, nurses, dieticians, and certified diabetic educators who are part of your healthcare team. Together, you and your healthcare team can ensure you safely manage the disease of diabetes.

Diabetes is largely a self-managed illness. Unlike more acute illnesses, you provide almost all of your own care.

It is up to you. You are free to decide how much or how little you do to care for your diabetes. Because you benefit from the results of your choices, you have the absolute right to make these decisions.

Many things in our lives are not of our own choosing. Diabetes is not something most people would choose to have. Although you cannot change having diabetes, you do make choices about how you live with it and your attitude toward it. No matter how constrained you may feel, you can often make different choices.

Freedom brings responsibility as well. In fact, freedom and responsibility are two sides of the same coin. Because the choices you make affect your outcomes, you have a great deal of responsibility for your own health and quality of life.

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Although you still need the support of medical providers (endocrinologist, dietitian, certified diabetes educator, nurse, pharmacist, ophthalmologist, dentist, and exercise physiologist) diabetes is a self-managed disease-and that is good news. You have control over managing your diabetes. Check out this video about diabetes self-management.

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