Many people feel overwhelmed when they first find out they have type 1 diabetes. There's a lot to learn and many changes to make. You don't need to do everything at once. Learning new things and making changes can be easier if you take small steps.
Members of your health care team will help you learn the first steps in managing your diabetes including:
Plan to check in with your doctor or other members of your health care team 3 or 4 days after your diagnosis. This will give you a chance to ask any questions and let your care team know how things are going.
After you've learned the first, basic skills, you'll be ready to move on to the next steps in managing your diabetes. Here are some of the things you'll learn:
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Work with your health care team to set up a schedule for routine office visits and diabetes exams and tests.
If you need help between your regularly scheduled visits, you can contact a member of your health care team to help with questions and concerns. For example, if you're having a hard time sticking to your meal plan, you can make an appointment to meet with a dietitian. If you have questions about your medicines, you can talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
You'll also find information and articles here on www.ghc.org that can answer many of your questions and help you manage your diabetes.
Check out the Living Well with Diabetes workshops that Group Health offers free to members.
By managing your diabetes, you can prevent or reduce many of the health problems related to diabetes and live a longer and healthier life.