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If you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, what’s next?
Your primary care doctor may recommend you visit with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and/or a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). These individuals have knowledge and experience related to supporting people with diabetes.
What’s your first step?
Talk to your PCP for a referral to visit a RDN or CDCES. Check if your healthcare insurance covers in-person visits or telehealth visits (Video Visits) to address concerns related to diabetes.
To make an appointment with a RDN or CDCES, contact the Diabetes Learning Center in Elmhurst at 331-221-6440 or the Edward Diabetes Clinic at 630-527-3213.
What can you do to manage your diabetes?
The Academy of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) describes seven self-care behaviors as key to successful diabetes management. A RDN and/or CDCES can help you create a plan to achieve success in each of these areas:
What simple changes can you make to your eating habits now?
Continue to follow a healthy diet. A diet for diabetes consists of eating healthy foods in moderate amounts and sticking to three regular mealtimes (and possibly additional small snacks).
For meals, aim for MyPlate nutrition recommendations for each food group, including ½ plate non starchy vegetables, ¼ plate carbohydrates and ¼ plate protein. Learn more with this MyPlate visual.
With the help of a CDCES, you can work together to create an individualized plan of care and get the support you need to achieve long-term success. To learn more, contact the Diabetes Learning Center in Elmhurst at 331-221-6440 or the Edward Diabetes Clinic at 630-527-3213.
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