Key Selfcare Behaviors

Our Goal at DMRC is to teach, guide, motivate and coach people with or without diabetes so they understand what the condition is, what causes it, and the risks of not managing it properly. We take a comprehensive approach to help those with Diabetes to manage their condition by focusing on seven key self-care behaviors:

We help people with diabetes understand that what and how often they eat affects their glucose levels. We encourage diabetics to know how to read labels, count carbohydrates, and make choices that work for their likes, schedule and lifestyle.

By explaining exactly why it’s important to be active and how it is beneficial — from lowering glucose to easing stress — we also provide insights regarding how to become more active every day.

Demonstration often is more effective than verbal explanation, We guide/show our community members exactly how to monitor and record glucose levels — including how to use meters and other equipment — and most importantly, what to do when numbers are out of the individual’s goal range. We explain when to monitor and record, as well as the best ways to use monitoring devices and pumps, including assessing equipment choice, timing, and frequency of testing. We partner with stakeholders and occasionally provide free glucometers and strips to newly diagnosed diabetics or those who can’t afford them.

Taking Medication:
Through discussions of how medications work, DMRC helps people understand why it’s important to know and follow the dosage and instructions. We emphasize why it’s important to let the doctor or health care provider know of any side effects, over-the-counter medications being taken or other medical concerns.

Problem Solving:
Planning ahead is key, and we describe how to plan ahead to avoid problems with glucose levels — such as by bringing snacks and taking medication correctly — as well as teach how to problem-solve when unexpected issues arise or illness strikes.

Healthy Coping:
Life often is stressful, so it’s important to know how to cope — and even more so for people with diabetes. Therefore, we work closely with people with diabetes to discover healthy ways to cope with a variety of problems, from divorce to financial problems to the stress of managing diabetes in general. We try to identify methods that work for each patient, such as faith-based activities and exercise to hobbies and meditation, and support groups I.e Whatsapp where we interact and share various experiences

Reducing Risks:
Reducing health risks can make diabetes management less complicated. Therefore, we explain why it’s important not to smoke, as well as to see an eye doctor once a year. We also discuss the importance of working closely with the doctor and other diabetes educators to avoid complications through medical management, such as by lowering cholesterol, not drinking etc.

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