Managing Diabetes

The primary goal of treatment is to prevent or delay complications related to diabetes and help patients maintain a good quality of life with diabetes. It is recommended that a multidisciplinary team including physicians, certified diabetes educators, dieticians, and professionals supporting psychological health is generally recommended to assist patients for successful diabetes management.

Diabetes management typically involves the following aspects:

  • Lifestyle modification: Healthy diet and regular physical activity are fundamental for successful diabetes management. Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels is also recommended to check blood glucose levels and guide any changes that may be required in the management approach if levels are not within the ideal range specified for the patient.
  • Medication – People with type 1 diabetes must use insulin to manage their diabetes. Few people with type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes may also require insulin as part of their treatment. Oral medication (diabetes pills) are usually only used to help people with type 2 diabetes better manage their blood glucose levels.

At the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center, we believe that every patient with diabetes is unique and should be provided with treatment options that are best suited to their lifestyle. We offer our patients a multidisciplinary team approach to diabetes management. Our services include physician consultations, culturally competent education, highly trained certified diabetes educators, and psycho-social care including peer support groups. We work together to achieve best possible clinical and psychological outcomes for our patients.