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If you can only educate your patient on one thing to control their diabetes, what would it be?


December 26th, 2021

Controlling blood sugars! Checking with finger sticks one hour and half after meal. Watch carb intake most important.

April 19th, 2022

be mindful of the consumption of carbs!!! and exercise is essential

January 24th, 2023

Understanding their disease and their goals, and making those goals achievable within their cultural and economic context. This has been my biggest key to success with previously noncompliant patients. Not everyone has access to a wide variety of fresh foods, or can afford them. Handing a patient a booklet on diet that divorces them from their culture is virtually a guarantee of noncompliance. We desperately need dietitians, diabetes educators, physicians, and nurses who can translate optimal diabetic diets into AAPI and BIPOC cultural cuisines--as well as dispel myths about diabetes and diabetes management in each culture. We need to take time to understand the patient's economic situation and present solutions within their budget.

As RNs, we need to understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and learn to recognize our inherent bias and stop fat shaming or BG shaming our patients. Sometimes, people do everything right and still have difficulty controlling blood glucose levels due to factors beyond their control (site absorption, hormone fluctuations, stress, other health issues...). We need to work with the patient and encourage them, not develop an adversarial relationship.

November 10th, 2022

If you can do one thing that really helps, take at least 1 flight of stairs before you get on the elevator. Park just a little further away from the grocery store, WalMart, Target, your doctor's office, church or temple, etc. Walk around your block every day and try to increase the number of times you do this- up to 3 times/day. Get a dog if you can, and you don't want to walk alone. Buy 5 or 10 lb weights and use them every day, by following You Tube videos on increasing upper arm strength. More muscle equals a higher metabolism, and more calories burned, even at rest. Good Luck!

Susie, BSN, RN

May 11th, 2022

Type 1 or 2?

May 11th, 2022

Decreasing and eliminating stress in their lives.

May 9th, 2022

Control your glycemia twice a week and tale note.!

April 14th, 2022

Diet, Diet and diet. I use the Lilly diabetic education booklet and review how to follow a diabetic diet. I know the ADA doesn’t use that anymore but I found that it is easier for patients to understand and follow. The patient is given a copy to take home.

April 14th, 2022

Checking the blood sugars AND knowing the abnormals. You’d be surprised how many think 200 is fine.

April 14th, 2022

Meal planning, their food intake will drive their BG and A1C.

April 14th, 2022

Low glycemic index foods

April 14th, 2022

what they want to learn.