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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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Care, control help ease fear of diabetes complications
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
How can you stop worrying about complications of diabetes? In my practice as a diabetes educator, some people are almost paralyzed by the fear of developing diabetes complications.
Many of you have had diabetes a long time and are from an era when we didn't have as many tools, treatments, and the understanding of diabetes that we have today. Education concerning the reduction of modifiable risk factors for the chronic complications of diabetes is an essential goal of diabetes education self-management training today.
You need information about risk factors to make informed decisions in your diabetes care and prevent or reduce complications. Studies such as the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial demonstrate that these complications aren't inevitable.
Fear of diabetes complications manifests itself in obsessive compulsive behaviors in some people with diabetes. Some examples:
- Constant worrying
- Blood glucose monitoring 20 plus times per day
- Frequent and over correction of blood glucoses and tolerating frequent episodes of low blood glucose
- In severe cases, strained family relations and job loss
Where is the happy medium? It's so hard to find, but knowing you have good care and control can put a lot of fears to rest.
"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."
— Glen Turner
Please share your thoughts. Have a good week,