Six Things to Tell Patients After a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis
Chicago, IL - “You have Type 2 diabetes.” When you deliver this news to patients, many are surprised, even shocked. Research shows some are so busy processing this unwelcome information, they have a difficult time focusing on what you are saying – and about a fourth of them wonder whether it’s even true.
And yet you have a short time to ensure they understand just how serious the disease is and what needs to be done in order to remain as healthy as possible. It’s not an easy job.
For people with diabetes, learning about diabetes management is a process. Certainly you’ll need to explain the basics – including what causes diabetes and its various complications, treatment options, nutrition, and monitoring blood glucose. But to ensure they really hear you and understand that diabetes can be well-managed – the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) recommends six things to be sure to tell your patients:
- It’s not your fault. Emphasize that diabetes can be caused by many factors, including being inherited, explaining that means they were born with a tendency to get the disease. It’s true that specific things can trigger diabetes, including stress, lack of activity and weight gain. But it also means there are things that they can do to make it better and live healthier.
- Don’t panic! Patients may recall the uncle with diabetes who had his leg amputated or the neighbor who died of a heart attack. Explain that there are things they can do to decrease their risk of complications. Ask them what they know about diabetes, which will help you correct their misperceptions and better help them. Continue>
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