Assemble your team
Regular visits with your primary-care physician are key. He or she will focus on helping you reach your target blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and can refer you to other helpful healthcare providers such as a diabetes educator or dietitian. Dietitians can help you devise a diabetes-friendly meal plan that will still suit your taste buds; diabetes educators make certain you know the ins and outs of your disease, including how to check your blood sugar at home, for example. Gretchen Youssef, an educator and dietitian at Washington Hospital Center in D.C., says that personalized diabetes education soon after diagnosis can dramatically improve blood sugar levels.