Expert Advice for People with Diabetes
As a certified diabetes educator, a registered nurse, a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian nutritionist, Clara Schneider has an expert opinion that you can trust.
Clara is on the advisory board at DiabetesCare.net and writes a weekly blog for the site.
We had the opportunity to interview Clara and find out what advice she has for people with diabetes.
What basic advice would you give to someone who had just been diagnosed with diabetes?
If you are just diagnosed with diabetes, you need to know what kind of diabetes you have and also if you're going to be put on medicine. There are different kinds of diabetes, including pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.
Young people with type 1 diabetes are sometimes hospitalized when diagnosed. People with type 1 diabetes need to know that they have an autoimmune disease which destroys the beta cells in their pancreas. The beta cells function is to make insulin, and in type 1 diabetes, these cells are destroyed and will no longer make insulin. The only way a patient with type 1 diabetes will live is if that insulin is replaced, so insulin injections need to be started. You hear that there is the inhalable insulin out, but you’re not going to do that for somebody just diagnosed, and most likely you’re not going to do that for type 1, although that might change, depending on advances in research.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you need to know how it is going to be handled. Do you need to go on medication, or will you be able to control it with lifestyle changes?
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