Stay Connected With Your Diabetes Team
Tips for patients
Managing diabetes takes more than meeting with your provider every three months. To make sure your diabetes is under control at all times, follow these tips and communicate with your diabetes provider between visits as needed.
- Know who is a part of your diabetes team. At the Diabetes Center for Children, nurse practitioners, endocrinologists, social workers, Dietitians and certified diabetes educators are all part of your team. These experts work together to provide you with the best care possible.
- Know how to best communicate with your diabetes team between appointments. That may be by email or phone.
- Use a blood glucose log to keep track of blood sugars, insulin doses, carbohydrate intake and exercise. This may be a written log, computer spreadsheet or mobile app. Watch for trends and patterns in blood sugars. A trend is a high or low blood sugar at the same time of day for three to four days a week. If you need help with insulin dose adjustments, contact your diabetes provider.
- Download your insulin pump routinely at home using the appropriate software. If you need technical support, call the phone number found on the back of your pump. If you need help with pump setting adjustments, notify your provider.
- Get the most out of your clinic visit. Bring blood glucose logs or download your glucose meter or insulin pump prior to your visit. For information on how to download your glucose log for your specific glucose meter or insulin pump model, please visit:
- Think about questions (you may want to write them down) before you come to your visit.
Tips for parents
- Encourage your teen to meet for some time alone with his diabetes provider during every visit. This gives your teen a chance to develop an independent relationship with his provider.
- Try hard to let your teen answer questions that his provider asks. Encourage your teen to add information to answers that you give, too.
- Encourage your teen to contact the provider in between visits as needed. Teens and young adults will need to do this especially as they get ready for college or are about to graduate from high school. If your teen does not feel ready to call or email her provider independently, have her sit with you while you call or email the provider with questions, and copy your teen on the email.
Managing diabetes is a team effort — families, children/teens and your diabetes providers!