A comprehensive self-management program is contained in the curriculum designed by the American Diabetes Association. There are 15 core educational areas:
9 10 11 12
Stress and psychosocial adjustment
Family involvement and social support
Exercise and activity Medications
Self-monitoring and use of results
Relationships among nutrition, exercise and activity, medication, and blood glucose levels
Prevention, detection, and treatment of acute complications Prevention, detection, and treatment of chronic complications Foot, skin, and dental care
Behavior-change strategies, goal setting, risk-factor reduction, and problem-solving skills
Benefits, risks, and management options for improving glucose control
14. Use of health-care systems and community support resources
15. Preconception care, pregnancy, and gestational diabetes
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...