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Coordinating Your Care, Even When You are Sick at Home

Coordinating Diabetes Care with the Coronavirus

For those with diabetes or those supporting loved ones with diabetes, it’s important to be on the lookout for changes in health status. You don’t have to manage risks and your treatment plan alone. Working with your diabetes care team can help you build (and stick with) the best plan for your whole body. And even if you are sick at home, a check in visit with your care team can help to keep you on track.

Who’s Who in a Diabetes Care Team?

Ready to build your well-rounded care team? Start by knowing that you are the most important member of your diabetes care team. Take an active role in decision making and be sure to let your team know what your goals are.

Next, think about each doctor and specialist you currently see. Is there anyone missing you need to see so you can best manage your symptoms and risks?

Core Team:

Additional Specialist Support:

Why a Cardiologist is Important

A cardiologist can assess your risk for heart disease and stroke and help you with a plan to protect your heart from possible complications of diabetes. If you have heart disease and you have not spoken with a cardiologist yet, ask your primary care doctor for a referral – they probably have someone they work with regularly.

Here are some starter questions to take to your appointment:

If You Need Help: Getting Started

DSMES services can help you learn how to manage diabetes. A certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) can coach you and give you tools to navigate an illness and support your treatment plan. Ask your primary care physician for a referral at your next appointment. Many DSMES services now offer telehealth options.  To find a DSMES service near you, check out the DSMES locator. 

When it comes to diabetes, your care team can go a long way toward helping you keep your whole body, including your heart, as healthy as can be. Keep regular appointments with all your specialists to lower your overall risks of diabetes-related complications.

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For More Information

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