Problem Solving: An Important Step in Managing Diabetes

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Problem solving is one of the most important steps to maintain good diabetes control.

When blood sugar becomes too high or too low, it is important to think about why. If a person recognizes what the problem is, then a plan can be developed on how to overcome that problem or barrier. Having an open discussion with the healthcare team can be a great way to recognize where the barriers are, and finding resources to overcome them.

A person with diabetes must keep their problem-solving skills sharp because on any given day, a high or low blood glucose episode or a sick day will require them to make rapid, informed decisions about food, activity and medications. This skill is continuously put to use because even after decades of living with the disease, stability is never fully attained: the disease is progressive, chronic complications emerge, life situations change and the patient is aging.

Collaboratively, diabetes educators and patients address barriers, such as physical, emotional, cognitive, and financial obstacles and develop coping strategies.

Contributing Source: AADE

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