When faced with a question about something related to diabetes or health care in general, it is important to be careful and critical of where you seek your information. Why? There are plenty, PLENTY of incorrect sources out there! Just because it is on the Internet does not mean it is correct.
I recommend the following for people who are seeking health and diabetes information:
First, ask your health care team. They are almost always the easiest and most knowledgeable source that is available to you. Plus, you can actually have a conversation with them and ask follow-up questions, something you canât do while reading something from a book or article. If you have doubts that your health care provider is giving you the right information, by all means get another opinion from another professional! You should be able to trust the advice and knowledge that you receive from your health care team.
Second, seek out information from major nationally or internationally recognized organizations. Groups like the American Diabetes Association, International Diabetes Federation, British Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association have websites that all contain valuable information that is trustworthy and up to date, based on research.
Third, look to your local organizations like the Diabetes and Hypertension group in St Vincent and the Grenadines. They can be a fantastic resource, especially during screenings, when they are checking blood pressures and blood sugars for freeâtake that opportunity to ask questions!
Until next week, stay safe and healthy Vincies!
Anita Ramsetty, MD firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Director Endocrine Care Group