A diabetes diagnosis is liable to change your patient’s life in more ways than one. Changes like communicating their condition complications to loved ones or finding places for support can add stress to an already tenuous transition in their lives.
If you’re in a field working with diabetic , helping your patient thrive extends into all parts of their life. We’ve created this guide to help supplement your medical expertise with resources for diabetic patients who are still adjusting to their day-to-day.
3 Resources for diabetes patients
Diabetes affects the whole body and for this very reason, it’s important your patients know who else they can rely on to medically monitor their condition. The more people your patient has on their team, the better they can assess any changes or complications happening, and seek help immediately.
Depending on your line of medicine, you may want to recommend your patient gets in contact with other specialists who can help assess your patients' needs.
Some specialists to mention to your client include:
- Endocrinologists — Depending on the newness of their diagnosis, level of complications, or a doctor’s experience with diabetes, seeing an endocrinologist can help diabetic patients better understand how their condition has affected their hormones.
- Podiatrists — Your patient might be suffering from nerve damage that is affecting their mobility. Integrating regular or semi-regular visits can help spot challenges you might not see.
- Ophthalmologists — Diabetes is the leading cause of in the United States. At IRIS, we’ve made it our mission to end preventable blindness by servicing medical professionals with our .
Letting your patient know about another specialist that can help assess their diabetes could be the difference between feeling alone and cultivating a crucial and diverse support network.
2. Community resources
At every level—local, state, and national—there are resources to help people with and without diabetes. Whether your client is looking to prevent or delay diabetes, there are community resources for diabetics and programs available to help through organizations like the CDC.
On a state and local level, the CDC also offers resources for all the professionals who assist in diabetes care as well as those who are looking to get involved, too.
3. Family & friends
Managing a chronic disease doesn’t just affect the sufferer, it can affect everyone around them, too. Maybe it’s a patient’s child who doesn’t understand why their parent isn’t as active as they might have once been. Perhaps it’s a partner looking to help their loved one through their gestational diabetes. Or, maybe, a patient is struggling to explain why their new lifestyle won’t allow them to do things they previously might have in order to better manage their symptoms.
Whatever the case, helping your patient have resources to better communicate their needs and convey their situation to loved ones will help them better adjust and be equipped to make good choices together.
Great resources to refer your patients to include:
Caring for your patient’s condition is just one part of your work as a medical professional or technician. Utilizing these resources can help patients feel supported in their health transition. Consider passing this information along to help your clients live easier.
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