If you were a kid with type 1 diabetes, you and your family or other care partners all worked together with your diabetes care teamDiabetes care teamYour diabetes care team may include: a primary care doctor, a diabetes and hormone doctor (endocrinologist), a registered nurse, a diabetes educator, a dietician, a heart doctor (cardiologist), a foot doctor (podiatrist), an eye doctor (ophthalmologist/optometrist), a kidney doctor (nephrologist), a dentist, a pharmacist, and a mental health professional. to help manage it. But as you get older, your circle of important people changes. So, how do you take over your own care and start to expand your support system beyond what you have now?
As you prepare to make major life changes, such as leaving home, continuing your education, and starting your career (or perhaps all of the above), here are some things to think about:
As you meet new people you care about and trust (such as roommates, neighbors, close friends, and co‑workers), you may want to tell them about your diabetes and let them know how they can help. When you decide that it’s time to share, give your new friends the basics first. This simple information can ease them into diabetes education.
Tell new friends about the key parts of managing type 1 diabetes
The new people in your life may not know how to offer you support. So, don't make them guess—tell them what you need so it’s easier for them to help. Invite them to:
Getting Comfortable with Getting Active
Regular exercise can be a fun way to do something good for you and your diabetes.
Staying “On Course” When Dining Out
Restaurants and diabetes can be tough together. How about a few ways to stay in control with a menu in your hands?
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