"What gets measured gets managed."
William Thompson, Lord Kelvin
Think about this quote and you realize it is true. The only way to know if your budget is working is to count your money. The only way to manage your weight is to step on a scale. Whatever you measure improves...period. This fact is no different when I work with people with diabetes. As a matter of fact, I have noticed some similarities about these individuals I would like to share.
1. Most of my clients usually find out they have diabetes by accident.
During my interviews people reveal to me how they discovered they had diabetes. When I first started teaching I assumed they contacted their doctors with a suspension of their condition because they had signs and symptoms of diabetes such as frequent hunger, thirst or urination. On the contrary, some of these individuals found out after recovering in the hospital from an illness or an accident. Others found out at a screening booth at a Health Fair or a routine doctors appointment. They are not alone. The average person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes usually had the condition five to ten years before finding out. Why? Our population assumes the signs and symptoms of diabetes are just ordinary signs of aging. After all, don't most people gain weight as they age?
2. Most of my clients have no idea of the basic standards of care.
When I interview someone who is recently diagnosed with diabetes I expect most of them to be unaware about the recommended guidelines to manage their condition. Fasting blood glucose, post prandial blood glucose and HbA1C is a whole new language to the average person. On the other hand, I have discovered many people diagnosed with diabetes for years who are unaware about the basics standards of care. If I ask what is their averaging fasting blood glucose they will tell me it is "good." I ask them what number is "good" they usually look at me like a deer in the headlights.
3. They don't realize they are not alone.
Diabetes Self-Management Education(DSME) and support programs are covered by Medicare at no cost and insurance with little to no cost. However, only 7% of people who are eligible actually use this benefit. Most of these classes are taught with an educator in a group setting. Support groups are great at motivating individuals to make positive changes. If you would like to join our program please fill out the form below so we can send a referral form. Your doctor will need to fill it out and fax it to our office.
Remember Central Valley Diabetes Self-Management Program is committed to helping you manage your diabetes!