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I’m here with Dr. Lorraine Manciet, she is a board certificated Family Medicine Physician, part of our ongoing series on Diabetes. Dr. let’s say I get a blood test and it shows that I’m either diabetic or that I have pre-diabetes., what’s the first step that I should take.
The first step you should take, and it’s again it’s really physician depend on how they manage pre-diabetes, versus diabetes. I actually counsel my patients in great detail, especially pre-diabetics, about diet and exercise to stave off the diabetes. If they are diabetic they get the same diet and exercise lecture but then we move on to the medications. I start with the oral medications, and as needed move up to the injected medications. Along with that, we do a lot of diabetes education either through diabetic educators, which can be referred to by the physician for the patient.
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