Case study ( 2872 views as of February 25, 2017 )
Rachael, a 62-year-old retired teacher, has gone in to talk to an endocrinologist about her diabetes. She has had increasing blood sugar levels on testing for the last four years and finally this year she is now considered to be a diabetic.
She is very serious about her overall health and therefore would like to discuss any suggestions on how to improve her health. She is so engaged and ready to take action that she has several questions for the doctor regarding how to self-manage her diabetes and create a long term management plan.
The endocrinologist makes several suggestions for Rachael to start her management plan. To begin, an optometrist can check her eyes for any signs of diabetic retinopathy. A dietitian can teach her about foods that have a low glycemic index to help regulate blood sugars. A dietitian can also give her tips on weight loss and dieting. Her family physician can help her manage and maintain a diabetes plan over the long term. Lastly, she should see a pedorthist to ensure good foot health.Author: Dr. Richard Bebb