Managing Diabetes for the Newly Diagnosed

Managing Diabetes for the Newly Diagnosed

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to begin to get the condition under control. Breaking down a diabetes management plan into small changes is a great first step to help manage your diabetes. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • You’re not alone! Use family and friends as a support system, and work with your doctor to learn about your diabetes and how you can help manage it
  • Talk with your doctor to determine your target blood sugar range and develop a regular blood sugar testing schedule
  • The Daily Diabetes Management Journal is an easy-to-use, printable resource that can help you keep track of your blood sugar levels between appointments
  • Talk with your doctor about blood sugar highs and lows, how to recognize if your blood sugar drops lower than it should and what to do if it happens
  • Work with your doctor to set realistic goals for a healthy lifestyle. If you have access to a registered dietitian or nutritionist, set up an appointment to discuss your meal plans
  • Check out the ABCs of Diabetes Management for some great tips on healthy eating and getting active

Etie Moghissi, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Etie Moghissi is a clinical endocrinologist involved in patient care in private practice in Marina del Rey, California, as well as an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and is a member of the board of trustees of the American Collage of Endocrinology.

As a clinical endocrinologist, I treat a number of people with type 2 diabetes and know that managing the disease can be a difficult undertaking. The initial diagnosis is often overwhelming and many patients do not realize that high blood sugar levels over time can lead to serious long-term complications.

That’s why I’m working on the Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals program to provide you with clear tools and missions that encourage you to know your A1C and talk to your diabetes healthcare team (including your primary care provider, endocrinologist, and/or diabetes educator) about setting and attaining your blood sugar goals.

By working with your diabetes healthcare team, you can develop an individualized treatment plan and learn more about how lifestyle changes, such as meal planning and physical activity, and medication, when prescribed, all play key roles in helping you reach your A1C goal and blood sugar goals. For more advice about type 2 diabetes management and the importance of teaming up with your doctor, click here.

I am very excited about Get to Your Goals and hope that you find it to be a helpful resource. I know how important it is for people with type 2 diabetes to work with their diabetes healthcare team to set personal goals and a plan for achieving them, and that’s exactly where you’ll start with the first mission of Get to Your Goals – Gather Intelligence.