Managing Diabetes and Lifestyle Choices

Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, discusses diabetes management in relation to lifestyle choices.

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Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, discusses diabetes management in relation to lifestyle choices.
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Featuring Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Managing Diabetes and Lifestyle Choices

Duration: 2 minutes, 2 seconds

So in the treatment of type 2 diabetes it’s important to address your lifestyle, to address your weight, and to address the other factors that cause heart disease and the complications of diabetes.

So you generally need to have the assistance with your physician, your personal physician that may also include being referred to an internal medicine specialist or an endocrinologist.

You’ll need to have the services of a nurse and dietitian, generally those individuals who have extra training as diabetes educators, you may find it helpful to have a pharmacist who’s experienced with the treatment of diabetes and what products are available and what products sometimes you shouldn’t take on the over-the-counter market, and again, in today's world, many pharmacists are getting trained as diabetes educators and are a very good resource.

There’s other specialties depending on your particular situation, whether it’s podiatrist or a special dentist, and it has to be individualized to your particular situation.

So, it’s important to use these services as you may need to do and to interact with your primary care physician to get referred to these specialists. Because of the multiple practitioners that are helpful in the treatment of diabetes, in many communities this has been organized into a diabetes clinic, which is convenient and very helpful for a patient as a resource.

There will generally be a dietitian, a nurse and a physician working there, but there may be other specialties as well, such as an exercise specialist. So, it’s necessary to enlist the help of these individuals from, again, your physician, dietitian, nurse, ophthalmologist, pharmacist to help you deal with your diabetes to the best of your ability.

Presenter: Dr. Richard Bebb, Endocrinologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Endocrinologist

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