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