Psychologists are doctors of the mind.
Psychologists know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the USA. They also know that this fact can frighten many diabetics. Psychologists work to relieve anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders from diabetics. They help people with eating disorders because of diabetes. However, it is important to remember that while BEATING DIABETES, it is important to not let your numbers define you. Psychologists help remind us of this. They also help us recognize and try to reverse negative aspects of relationships formed because of a mindset gained after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Psychologists are great because they give you one on one care and help you work through the mental aspects of Type 2 Diabetes.
A nutritionist helps you plan out meals and educates you on what you are putting into your body.
Nutritionists consider your personal likes, dislikes, and medications in order to keep healthy blood glucose levels, blood pressure, blood lipids, and stay at a healthy weight. They discuss and teach you about your food portions, types of foods, and cooking styles. They help change what and how much you eat in order to keep you as healthy as possible. Nutritionists teach you how to monitor food intake and work with you to create a personalized food plan. You can think of nutritionists as food “police” for threats (high glucose levels).
A podiatrist is a foot doctor.
Podiatrists check feet for bruises and injuries, and remove warts, callouses, and corns. Some conditions that they cure are ulcers (open sores that take very long to heal) and Charcot’s foot (when bones in feet become warped. They also help decide what shoes to wear in order to ensure that your feet are safe. Another serious condition affecting Type 2 Diabetics is neuropathy. Neuropathy occurs when you lose all feeling in your feet from poor blood flow. Too much glucose in your bloodstream can keep parts of your feet from getting the blood they need. This keeps your feet from healing properly and for some, sparks the need for an amputation.