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Where to Get More Help With Your Diabetes

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People Who Can Help You

  • Your doctor. He or she may be your doctor at the clinic where you go for health care, your family doctor, or someone who has special training in caring for people with diabetes. A doctor with that kind of special training is called an endocrinologist or diabetologist.

    You'll talk with your doctor about what kind of medicine you need and how much you should take. You'll also agree on a target blood glucose range and blood pressure and cholesterol targets. Your doctor will do tests to be sure that your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol are staying on track and that you're staying healthy. Ask your doctor if you should take aspirin every day to help prevent heart disease.

  • Your diabetes educator. A diabetes educator may be a nurse, a dietitian, or another kind of health care worker. Diabetes educators teach you about meal planning, diabetes medicines, physical activity, how to check your blood glucose, and how to fit diabetes care into your everyday life.

    Don't be shy about asking your doctor or diabetes educator about the information in this guide. Ask questions if you don't understand something. After all, it's your health!

  • Your family and friends. Taking care of your diabetes is a daily job. You may need help or support from your family or friends. You may want to bring a family member or close friend with you when you visit your doctor or diabetes educator. Taking good care of your diabetes can be a family affair!

  • A counselor or mental health worker. You might feel sad about having diabetes or get tired of taking care of yourself. Or you might be having problems because of work, school, or family. If diabetes makes you feel sad or angry, or if you have other problems that make you feel bad, you can talk to a counselor or mental health worker. Your doctor or diabetes educator can help you find a counselor if you need one.

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Organizations That Can Help You
  • How to find a diabetes educator
    To find a diabetes educator near you, call the American Association of Diabetes Educators toll-free at 1–800–832–6874, or look on the Internet at www.diabeteseducator.org and click on “Find an Educator.”

  • How to find a dietitian
    To find a dietitian near you, call the American Dietetic Association toll-free at 1–800–366–1655, or look on the Internet at www.eatright.org and click on "Find a Dietitian."

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  • How to find programs about diabetes
    To find programs about diabetes or for additional information, contact

    American Diabetes Association
    1701 North Beauregard Street
    Alexandria, VA 22311
    Phone: 1–800–342–2383
    Internet: www.diabetes.org


    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
    120 Wall Street
    19th Floor
    New York, NY 10005
    Phone: 1–800–533–2873
    Internet: www.jdrf.org


    Both these organizations have magazines and other information for people with diabetes.

    They also have local groups in many places where you can meet other people who have diabetes.


  • How to get more information about diabetes
    To get more information about taking care of diabetes, contact

    National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
    1 Information Way
    Bethesda, MD 20892–3560
    Phone: 1–800–860–8747
    Fax: 703–738–4929
    Email: ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov
    Internet: www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov


    National Diabetes Education Program
    1 Diabetes Way
    Bethesda, MD 20892–3600
    Phone: 1–800–438–5383
    Fax: 703–738–4929
    Internet: www.ndep.nih.gov
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National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3560
Email: ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov
The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established in 1978, the Clearinghouse provides information about diabetes to people with diabetes and to their families, health care professionals, and the public. The NDIC answers inquiries, develops and distributes publications, and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about diabetes.

Publications produced by the Clearinghouse are carefully reviewed by both NIDDK scientists and outside experts.

This publication is not copyrighted. The Clearinghouse encourages users of this publication to duplicate and distribute as many copies as desired.



NIH Publication No. 06–4016
April 200
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