So Now You Have Diabetes

A diabetes diagnosis can be discouraging.

There’s that initial rally to stock your kitchen with healthy foods, control your portions and get with an exercise program. But over the long haul, many people struggle with the day-to-day challenge of managing their blood sugars.

Because diabetes can result in other medical complications, there are routine exams and tests that will help us detect and treat any emerging conditions early.

While there can understandably be setbacks, we are here to help you with those lifestyle changes that are so important, offer nutritional consultation, and advise and treat you should any medical complications arise.

You are not alone on this journey.  We are your partners in health!

Primary Care Partners offers a group program to support you called The Invested in Diabetes Project is a group visit of about 8-10 people for patients with Type II diabetes with the goal to encourage and support diabetes self-management. It is a 6 session curriculum that will be offered at four different times throughout the year. It will include a brief visit with a physician prior to the class which will be taught by a diabetes educator. Guest speakers will be involved on occasion, as well, to talk about particular topics.

To sign up speak with your provider for more information.

Primary Care Partners – Diabetes Educators 

• Vanessa Carter, RDN, CDE  (970)-255-1576

•  Lora Page, FNP, CDE  (970)-245-1220

Community Resources

•  American Diabetes Association (Denver) (720)-855-1102

•  Colorado Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (303)-692-2577

•  Diabetes Counts Network www.diabetescounts.net

•  Barbara Davis Center, (303)-724-2323, barbaradaviscenter.org

Recipe References

Books

•  The American Diabetes Association Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating
By Hope S. Warshaw

•  shopdiabetes.org

Websites

•  diabetes.org

•  mayoclinic.org

•  choosemyplate.gov

•  whatscookingfns.usda.gov

•  cookinglight.com

•  eatingwell.com

Diabetes Monitoring

•  Diabetes Education: Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks, and Healthy Coping

•  Medical Nutrition Therapy: Individualized nutrition education

•  A1C: Shows average blood glucose over a 3-month period

•  Blood Lipid Profile: High blood glucose levels can lead to high levels of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides

•  Dilated Eye Exam: Doctor will check for blood vessel damage caused by high blood glucose levels

•  Dental Exam: Checks for gum disease and tooth decay

•  Comprehensive Foot Exam: Comprehensive foot exam: This test will check how well your blood flows and if you have any nerve damage caused by diabetes.

•  Microalbumin Test: Checks kidney function by checking for proteins in urine

•  Flu Shot: Prevents serious illness

Checklist

Annual

•  Blood Lipids Profile

•  Microalbumin

•  Dilated Eye Exam

•  Comprehensive Foot Exam

•  Flu Shot

•  Diabetes Self-Management Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy

Every 3-6 Months

•  A1C Blood Test

•  Dental Exam

Every Visit

•  Blood Pressure

•  Weight

•  Questions