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Diabetes Management: Your Care Team

 

Diabetes care at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin brings together experts to treat every aspect of your condition.

 

UW Health and your diabetes care team will provide support for you to help you understand Type 2 diabetes and manage your blood sugar levels. Our goal is to support you in your efforts to live well with diabetes.

 

Your Diabetes Care Team

 

Primary Care Physician: Sees you at least twice a year for a check-up; orders your diabetes medication.

 

Registered Nurse: Gives you basic information about diabetes; calls you to check on your blood sugar levels and update you on your diabetes medication doses.

 

Clinic Medical Assistant or Licensed Practical Nurse: Calls you when lab tests are due; performs part of your foot exam when you come for an appointment.

 

Registered Nurse Diabetes Educator: Teaches you skills and gives you information about Type 2 Diabetes to help you manage your blood sugars from day to day; works with your doctor to manage your diabetes medications.

 

Registered Dietitian: Helps you learn how different kinds of food affect your blood sugar levels; helps you understand how to eat so you can manage your blood sugar levels without giving up foods that you like.

 

Pharmacist: Explains your diabetes medications to you; answers questions about all your other medications and how they may interact with your diabetes medications.

 

Receptionist: Reminds you to bring your blood sugar meter and record book to your appointments; calls to remind you to make clinic, lab and other appointments.

 

Your Role on the Diabetes Care Team

 

You can manage your diabetes with the help of your diabetes care team. UW Health is asking that you take an active role on your team. It is important that you learn as much as you can to manage your blood sugars and get all your routine lab work and exams done on schedule. One of your biggest tasks is to prepare for clinic visits. To help remember the things to tell your care team, just remember the word S.U.G.A.R.

 

UW Health Diabetes Care: SUGAR

 

UW Health is asking that you take an active role on your team, and one of the biggest ways you can help is to prepare for your clinic visits. To help remember the things to tell your diabetes care team, just remember the word S.U.G.A.R.

 

UW Health Diabetes Care: SUGARymptoms and Feelings

 

Tell your care team if you:

  • Feel dizzy or weak or are are tired all the time
  • Have tingling in your feet
  • Have other unusual symptoms
  • Feel depressed or frustrated with your diabetes

UW Health Diabetes Care: SUGARnderstanding Your Tests

 

Ask for more information about results of your lab tests, clinic procedures and exams, and scheduling regular lab tests and exams

 

UW Health Diabetes Care: SUGARoing Forward

 

Talk to your care team about what you can do to manage your diabetes long term, such as healthy eating, exercise and blood sugar testing, contacting your care team right away when you need help, and enrolling in Diabetes Education Class.

UW Health Diabetes Care: SUGARsk Questions

 

Bring a written list of questions and concerns to discuss with your provider, as well as requests for information and educational materials.

 

UW Health Diabetes Care: SUGARoutine Medications

 

Bring all the medications you take and tell the doctor how you take each, including diabetes medication and other prescriptions, vitamins, herbals and over-the-counter medications.