When Diabetes Is Not Your Only Health Concern
3.Focus on self-care behaviors that help all your conditions.
a. Healthy eating and being active are healthful. Do your best to manage pain before it gets out of control.
b. Prevent flare-ups and hospitalizations by problem solving situations in advance, or have a plan in place if the symptoms worsen. For example, have you asked your doctor what to do if your glucose goes above 300? Could you develop a plan in advance that would temporarily allow you to adjust one of your medications?
Whether it is with a true friend, dedicated family member, a local support group or online dLife forum or community, support helps you to find resources and energy to carry on. When your ability to perform self-care is limited, you will do better with a little help.
Research on managing multiple chronic illnesses is limited. At present, the onus falls to the healthcare consumer. You may improve your physical function and mental well being by helping to coordinate the entities of your care. Start by getting organized with your health information and plan. Remember to bring it with you whenever you enter the healthcare arena, share it with your healthcare team, and add to it as you go.
NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.
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