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Coordinating Your Care, Even When You Need to Stay at Home with the Coronavirus

Coordinating Diabetes Care with the Coronavirus

For those with (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 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 the coronavirus is keeping you at home, a “check in” visit with your care team visit might be enough 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’re the most important member of your diabetes care team. Take a role in decision making and be sure to let your team know what’s your goals are.

Next, think about each doctor and specialist you currently see. Is there anyone missing who 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 cardiovascular risks and help you develop a plan to protect your heart from the long-term effects of diabetes. If you have heart disease and you haven’t looped in a cardiologist yet, ask your PCP 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

A diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services can help you learn how to manage diabetes and address your personal needs if you need help getting started. A certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) can coach you and give you tools to navigate it all 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 of your specialists to lower your overall risks of diabetes-related complications.

Learn more and join the Know Diabetes by Heart initiative at knowdiabetesbyheart.org.

For More Information

Teaming Up: How to Play and Active Role in Your Diabetic Care to Minimize Heart Risk

How to Find Diabetes Support