Wellness iNPractice Diabetes

A Diabetes Diagnosis – What It Means and What Happens Next

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming and life-changing for patients. As a healthcare provider for patients with diabetes, you can help educate patients and act as a resource for them. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) and support are critical components of recommended care for patients with diabetes. Education helps patients implement proper diabetes self-management and cope with the challenges and changes after a diabetes diagnosis.1

Nurse Practitioners play a critical role in educating and caring for patients with diabetes. One of the first things you can do after a patient is diagnosed with diabetes is to share this presentation, “Initial Diabetes Diagnosis,” with your patients while they are in the clinic. Available in both English and Spanish, the presentation is designed to support your efforts in speaking to patients about diabetes for the first time.

The presentation discusses the normal physiological role of blood glucose and insulin and the pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. After learning about glycemic dysfunction in diabetes, the patient is then presented with introductory information about self-care, eating habits, and physical activity. Throughout the presentation, you can personalize the content to include individualized information for patients, such as medications and referrals to specialists.

The presentation reinforces the concept of healthcare providers, including the Nurse Practitioner, as a team that is focused on diabetes care and DSME. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in DSME along with their Nurse Practitioner and team of providers.

Throughout the presentation, there are links to other Wellness iNPractice Diabetes resources and tools to review and share with your patients. These tools include the Blood Sugar Diary, Self-care Instructions , My Daily Schedule, Nutrition Know-how, Diabetes Cookbook, Be Active with Diabetes, and Overcoming Barriers.