Though people suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes may feel alone in their constant fight with proper nutrition, exercise, healthy living and other physical and psychological concerns, they are really not alone. Even when family and friends are not knowledgeable enough to help the person suffering from diabetes, there are diabetes experts out there who can.
It could be that you are just finding out from you family doctor that you are diabetic. You may have suspected it, or you may be experiencing emotional shock. You might become confused or overwhelmed, not knowing why you were given this diagnosis or how to deal with. You may not know where to go for advice or how to deal with diabetes on a day-to-day basis.
Again, this is where diabetes experts will be able to assist. They will be able to help your medical and emotional concerns. They will help you with diet and exercise, and the daily stressors dealing with the disease and the emotional consequences associated with it. Diabetic experts understand the problems as they crop up and they are there to turn to for advise. They will provide helpful tips and suggestions as you bring up the issues you have difficulty overcoming.
One of the problems with diabetes is the constant lethargy associated with the disease. Sometimes it is all one can do to get out of bed in the morning let alone go to work and then have to travel to visit a diabetes expert or specialist. Then there are the days when you are just too sick to leave the house. Yet, it could be the day when you have your scheduled appointment. In the early days when you are very sick due to uncontrolled diabetes having to leave the house for a hospital or clinic appointment can be a daunting experience.
Fortunately with the age of the information highway, diabetes experts can assist you online through websites displaying information about the subject, open forums and webinars. Information is instantly assessable and readily available when you need it the most. For example, if you are looking to find out if carrots are a good vegetable for you to eat because you want to have them for this evening’s meal, you don’t want to wait two weeks until your next brick and mortar appointment to find out. You can simple google the net and find out immediately.
Making a habit of using the Internet for a lot of your information will get you the information you need when you need it. Of course, you will continue to visit your diabetes specialist and verify the information you obtained through the use of the net with him or her. You would not want to do anything counterproductive to your all over all physical or mental health or jeopardize any diabetes program you may be following.
Bear in mind that supplying information to diabetics is only one of the functions of a diabetes expert. If you are reading this article at this time here on the Internet then you are capable of retrieving information and understanding it. Diabetes experts can further help you decipher medical jargon or answer questions left unanswered from you Internet or even local library research. Furthermore, they will act as a couch, taking into consideration your personal needs and lifestyle, rather than just giving out general information. They will help by designing a program just for you.
There are different degrees of severity associated with diabetes and therefore there are different needs to consider. Some diabetics may have diabetic neuropathy, an ocular condition, which will require treatment. Others may have kidney disease, skin diseases, weight problems and so on. This is where the diabetic expert who is a coach can help.
People with diabetics have various emotional needs. Some people may be concerned about whether or not they may be able to still get in a good game of golf. Others might be worried whether or not they can get up out of bed without feeling tired, dizzy, and nauseous all day.
A good diabetes couch will treat you as a whole person. He or she will help you with all your physical, nutritional, and emotional needs. Your diabetic couch will design a nutrition and fitness program for you and will help with some aspects of psychological counseling. Rest assured if there are issues beyond the scope of his or her expertise then your couch will refer you to the experts in the area.
People specializing in the area of diabetes couching are professionals who are committed to their clients. Many will provide Internet access for individuals with limited time and they will also provide one on one couching, assuring personal couching in every sense of the word. Internet diabetic couches will also provide telephone accessibility and access to other coaches and diabetic specialists as needed. They can open up a support center and introduce you to other support groups to help you to connect with others who are suffering from the same condition as you have.
You are not alone; people are out there for you who can help you come through this ordeal. They will support you and get you back to a better physical and emotional state of mind.
In Montreal you can contact:
Be Training for a personal wellness/diabetes counselor
16 Rue Emile, L’Ile-Bizard, QC
Telephone: (514) 802-5477
Email: [email protected]
Johanne Menard, Personal Training Couch, for all aspects of career, individual and family needs
Mayo Clinic Diabetic Experts