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3 Professionals You Should See After Your Diabetes Diagnosis

by Stephen Silva

If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you might be going through quite a shock. After all, as you probably already know, diabetes can be a very serious disease that can result in a lot of health problems in the future. Luckily, a team of professionals can help you take good care of yourself and can help prevent your diabetes from causing problems. These are a few of the professionals who you should consider scheduling an appointment with after your diabetes diagnosis.

1. Your Eye Doctor

A lot of people do not realize it, but diabetes can actually cause a lot of problems with your eyes. If you have never had vision problems in the past, you might not see an optometrist very often. However, going to see an eye doctor like those at Northwest Ophthalmology and telling them about your diabetes diagnosis can help them look for any diabetes-related problems that might have appeared recently or that might have been missed in the past. They can also give you tips about taking care of your eyes when you have diabetes and can help you get on a schedule of having eye exams more frequently than you might have in previous years.

2. A Nutritionist

One big part of taking care of yourself when you have diabetes is making sure that you eat properly. After all, many people find that their diabetes can actually be partly or even completely controlled by changing their diet alone. A good nutritionist can help provide guidance about foods and beverages that you should avoid or that you should only consume in moderation. They can help you find recipes that are similar to your old favorites but that won't put you at risk and can help you come up with a balanced menu plan that will help keep you healthy and your diabetes under control.

3. A Personal Trainer

Depending on the situation, there is a chance that your weight has something to do with your diabetes. In some cases, controlling your weight can help you control your diabetes symptoms, too. Working with a personal trainer can get you on a fitness routine that can help you shed some extra pounds and that can help with your overall health.

Your primary care physician might have been able to help you so far, and following his or her advice is smart in regards to your diabetes diagnosis. However, if you meet with these three professionals, you can get some of the extra help that you need in the aftermath of your diagnosis.