You & Your Diabetes A-Team

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(BlackDoctor.org) — “I am the master of my destiny. I am the captain of my soul.”

This famous quote from Richard Hovey is a great quote to live by, especially if you are a diabetic. When you have diabetes, your health is really in your own hands. While this may seem disheartening, it is actually a good thing, since you have a great deal of control over your destiny.

Although you’ll be in the driver’s seat, your diabetes healthcare team is your most important resource for information and advice on developing your diabetes self-management plan. Your team consists of all of the healthcare providers who help take care of your diabetes and may include an endocrinologist, a diabetes educator, mental health professionals, a dietitian, nurses and other specialists. Sit down with various members of your healthcare team to construct the right plan to keep your blood glucose levels under control.

Your healthcare team will help you decide what elements are most important in your diabetes management plan. In general, diabetes self-management may involve: