The Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care are written for people with diabetes, their families, health care providers, and those who pay for health care.
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We can all walk into the doctor’s office prepared with questions and ideas about our own health issues, including diabetes.
Ask these questions when your doctor prescribes a medicine. Write the answers in pencil so that you can make changes if your doctor changes your medicines.
If you have diabetes, you know the disease can harm your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. Did you know it can also cause problems in your mouth? People with diabetes have a higher than normal risk of periodontal diseases.
Tell your dentist you have diabetes and ask him or her to show you how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Like other chronic illnesses, diabetes mellitus poses a wide range of problems for patients and their family members. These problems include pain, hospitalization, changes in lifestyle and vocation, physical disabilities, and threatened survival. Direct psychological consequences can arise from any one of these factors, making it harder for patients to treat their diabetes and live productive, enjoyable lives.
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