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One Powerful Word – Learning

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Everyone has heard that adage, but those of us who may be considered as “old dogs” know it’s not true. We can learn new things anytime we want – we just tend to be a little choosey about what we want to learn. Is diabetes on the list of things you choose to learn more about? Maybe not, but there’s a great reason you should choose diabetes as your next new trick.

I hope this doesn’t come as a complete surprise to you, but in the concept of “diabetes self-management” you are the “self.” You are not only the patient – you make the decisions about what the patient will eat, whether the patient takes his or her medication on schedule, and whether or not the patient will exercise today. As the patient, don’t you want that person making those treatment decisions about your future health – you – to know as much as possible about diabetes?

This dual role can be confusing, and can seem overwhelming. But, once you begin to see yourself more as the person in charge of your health than simply the patient the importance of learning more about diabetes is obvious. Knowledge is power, and once you make that commitment to learn more you’ll actually find you are less overwhelmed.

You don’t have to go it alone. The role of certified diabetes educators is to help you learn more about diabetes. And, the most important thing you’ll learn – simple decisions you can make for your patient (yourself) about food and medication and exercise can have remarkable benefits to his or her long term health.

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