Collaborative care may be a good treatment model for patients with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Individuals who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may find it overwhelming to establish a treatment plan and schedule appointments with primary care physicians, dietitians as well as foot and eye doctors.

Diabetes management may put a strain on their lives, leaving less time to focus on work or other activities.

However, people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes who have access to a collaborative care program may find it easier to balance their medical needs with their everyday schedules.

A recent article published by highlighted a five-day program offered by Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH), which helps individuals who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes learn how to manage their condition, and allows all their healthcare providers to track the patient's progress through a collaborative effort with the Trent Hills Family Health Team (THFHT).

Models such as this may help take some of the initial pressure of diabetes management off patients by automatically referring them to the proper counselling, the news provider explained.

"The two programs are truly complementing each other, each bringing different components of disease management and support to our patients. The medical experts at the THFHT provide the diagnosis and treatment, while we provide the supporting education," said Linda Bradshaw of CMH, quoted by the news source.

Many health experts say that lifestyle changes are key to reducing the odds of complications associated with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that individuals aim to keep their blood sugar levels between 80 and 120 mg/dL before meals. Good control of blood glucose levels often requires patients to consume a diabetic diet that limits one's intake of sugar and saturated fats, and involves eating small meals frequently throughout the day.

In addition, regular physical activity may help reduce a patient's need for diabetes medications, since it has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels and promotes weight loss. The National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that exercise may also help individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes control their blood pressure and increase their ability to handle stress.