3 Things I Wish My Patients Knew About Diabetes


Shikha Chacko, MD

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Managing type 2 diabetes can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. There are three big things I tell my patients to make sure they are equipped to control their diabetes. 

Diabetes is not just about blood sugar. 

This is why doctors care about it so much. There are two parts to treating type 2 diabetes: the practical side of what you can do day-to-day, and the disease side. When it comes to living with diabetes daily, most people talk to their doctors about their routine: wake up, check blood sugar, take meds, go to work (or to the doctor), check blood sugar, go to bed. However, treating diabetes goes beyond that; it’s also important to think about what goes on during the hours that you're not looking at your blood sugar or taking your medications. We want you to think about and tell us about your food choices, your portion control, what kind of activities you do and what you designate as exercise every day. When treating diabetes, this information is crucial to help us understand how to serve you better.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 13, 2015

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