I didn’t even know what to eat for dinner

Diabetic Glucose Meter I haven’t been feeling my normal self lately so I decided to
schedule a check-up at NOAH Balsz Health Center. It had
been a couple years since my last appointment and I had
been feeling rundown and constantly thirsty. After a few
tests and a follow up visit from my doctor and RN care
coordinator, I was told I have diabetes. As the provider
talked to me about my diagnosis, my head spun and the
only response I could come back with was, “I don’t even know
what to eat for dinner?” All I remember from that appointment
was hearing that I was going to have to change my lifestyle
immediately.

Before leaving the room, I was told to schedule bi-monthly
appointments with my RN care coordinator and the behavioral
health consultant to discuss my diabetes diagnosis, medication
management, and lifestyle changes. Scared and feeling lost,
wondering where to start, I received some helpful tips from the
care team about meal plan ideas and medication management that were easy enough for me to follow. After 3 months, I feel empowered to
play an active role in my diabetes and self-care. Thanks to the NOAH care team, I was able to make the necessary lifestyle changes and no
longer feel terrified of my chronic disease.
- A recently diagnosed diabetic patient.

Lainie Plattner, MSD, MHI | Community Health Advocate

Lainie Plattner, MSD, MHI
NOAH Community Health Advocate

Diabetes is an increasingly common diagnoses in America. Complex and pervasive, it
often results in psychological, social and emotional complications and often times
corresponds with obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A patient’s culture,
family and friends and the community they live in plays a key part of their care
plan and assists the patient in changing their routine.

Setting this foundation for newly diagnosed diabetics begins when patients are comfortable
with their care team and get to play an active role in their own care plan. The RN care
coordinator acts as a patient navigator, directing patients to needed clinical services,
answering questions and concerns patients may have about their care plan and
ensuring patients fully understand their diagnosis as they adjust to their new lifestyle.
Alongside the behavioral health consultant and dietician, they help patients
overcome barriers to success, access beneficial community resources and provide
tools to cope with diagnosis-related stress.

“After providing resources and a diabetic management plan, my patients are able to self-manage their chronic condition at home through diet and exercise with confidence.”
Brittainy, RN Care Coordinator, NOAH Balsz Health Center

Stories like these are important reminders that NOAH’s care team focuses on when patients are newly diagnosed with diabetes. The impact
on the patient once diagnosed, the important role of family and friends and the consideration of social, cultural and community context is the
approach our clinicians take when it comes to patient care. An approach that yields healthy outcomes!

Newly Diagnosed Diabetics – 6 Topics your care team should review with you!
  • Help you understand exactly what diabetes is and how it affects your body.
  • Explain how diabetes medications work.
  • Figure out what types of foods are best for you and how to plan meals that fit your life and budget.
  • Determine the best type of glucose monitoring device for your specific circumstances.
  • Suggest charts, apps and other tools to provide reminders and help you track your progress.
  • Offer tips to help you cope with stress and solve problems as they arise.