The Importance of Communication in Managing Diabetes
As many Americans can tell you, managing diabetes is extremely difficult because there are so many things outside of a diabetic’s control.
Take the nutritional labeling of foods for example. A focused and determined diabetic can strictly control his diet within the confines of his home, but once he go out in public, they are immediately challenged by the fact that most restaurants don’t provide the nutritional information of a given meal.
Of course, the diabetic can bring with them a book that has estimated blood sugar levels for different types of meals, but again, this is just an estimate. And being surrounded by non-diabetics can make it even more difficult to stick to a healthy diet regimen.
Fortunately, there is help on the horizon. For example, Chartered Health Plan, a managed care organization in the District of Columbia, is sending out diabetes-related text messages to individuals to help them better manage the disease. This is important because research has shown that diabetics with consistent communication with professionals, either through text messages, telephone calls, or in-person meetings, have an easier time in managing diabetes.