Diabetes is a disease that affects many parts of the body, such as the eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, heart, legs and feet. As a result, a team approach to taking care of the disease can be very helpful. When a team of individuals works together problems are identified earlier, and it is easier to reduce or prevent diabetes complications.
You, your doctor and family members may be the initial members of your team. Other team members may include a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, diabetes nurse, pharmacist, dentist, eye doctor, foot doctor, social worker and a mental health counselor.
You are the most important member on the team. You are the person living with diabetes, and you know how you feel and what you are experiencing. Your responsibility is to communicate the feelings and problems you are experiencing to your doctor and other members of your team.
Adams, Ingrid, "Diabetes and the Health Care Team" (2010). Family and Consumer Sciences Publications. 8.