Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes

WLiving With Type 2 Diabeteshen facing the news that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first questions asked is “What do I do now?”

Living With Type 2 Diabetes is a new program created by the American Diabetes Association to assist primary care providers and patients with type 2 diabetes.

Geared toward newly diagnosed patients, the Living With Type 2 Diabetes program starts with the Where Do I Begin? booklet that contains basic information on healthy eating, physical activity and the importance of self-care. This booklet is easy to read, has helpful illustrations for meal planning and answers some of the basic questions about type 2 diabetes. Plus, it comes from a trusted source for information: the American Diabetes Association. Health care providers may order these booklets to give to their newly diagnosed patients for free online.

The next step for patients is to enroll in the ongoing Living With Type 2 Diabetes program, which sends them a packet every three months containing informative articles, new recipes, tools for diabetes management and tips on living with diabetes.

There are three easy ways to sign up: by mailing the tear-out card from the booklet; by calling 1-800-DIABETES; or by going online. You can choose to receive the program materials in English or in Spanish, by mail or by email—whichever is most convenient for you.

You may not know anyone else with diabetes and want to hear from others who can relate to your feelings. The Living With Type 2 Diabetes program also offers opportunities for you to find support in your local community or online.  The website offers an online community where you can post questions and communicate with people who are just like you—trying to live well with diabetes.

Although it is a new program, less than a year old, Living With Type 2 Diabetes has already helped thousands of people. Will you be next?

Geralyn Spollett, MSN, ANP-CS, CDE
President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association

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5 Responses to Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes

  1. Deborah Dantzler says:

    Living with and trying to control Type 11 Diabetes is a daily struggle that is part of my life and millions of others. I pray that 1 day they find a cure for this dreadful disease, not just for myself but for other people & family members who may also be diagnosed with Diabetes in the future. I pray that my child and grandchildren are spared from getting suger.

  2. khalida pervez says:

    i have prediabetes.

  3. Connie says:

    I have type 2 diabetes. I was diagnosed last May 2011. I havent had much help, pretty much doing this on my own, with the help of the internet and people in my family who have it . My problem is I suffer on occasion with feet pain,,,,tingling and pain in my toes and feet. I really dont know how to get relief. I’m on metformin twice a day..

    • Carolyn says:

      A doctor told me the tingling and burning and pain in my toes was called Neuropathy..I take neurontin for it..It doesnt help me much but others have said it helps them a lot..Keep in touch ok..

  4. Antonio says:

    My Mother was diagnosed of Type II Diabetes. When the Dr’s came in the room and confirmed she had diabetes I was truly heartbroken the moment she informed us. It was so sad I cried so hard in front of my Sisters, nobody understands how I feel! I was mad at the world I hated everyone that had ever done her wrong and I still feel that way, because WHY My Mother? I’m almost about to get emotional right now so I’m going to stop. Ask me how I’m feeling about this situation a few months from now and just maybe I’ll be better..til now Good bye. You can reach me on Twitter @lo_banks

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