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Coping with Diabetes - How to Stay Healthy and Sane While Battling This Disease

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How To Cope With Diabetes - See Your Doctor!

No matter what you may be thinking right now, receiving a diabetes diagnosis is not a death sentence.  With support, education, and stress management, you too can enjoy a long, happy life – but you have to willing to do the hard work.

There are a few things you can do to help you cope with diabetes, including:

Work with your doctor to manage your diabetes

Your doctor will be your mightiest tool when it comes to managing your condition.  Go to every appointment scheduled no matter what!  Ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have about your health and medication.  If you don't understand something he says or question if a test she's prescribed is really relevant, bring it up with your doctor – that is what he's there for.

Your doctor may referral you out to specialists like a podiatrist, dentist, or eye doctor to ensure you are staying healthy.  Make sure to keep these appointments too, even if you don't agree.  You could be saving your life (or foot or teeth!)

Know your numbers

Coping With Diabetes - Take Your Blood Sugar Level Regularly

Use a blood-glucose monitor on a regular basis to track your levels.  This information will allow you to identify your highs and lows and see how certain foods affect your levels.  Share this information with your doctor / nutritionist so they can customize your diet and medication to your specific body.

Education

Once you have your diabetes diagnosis in hand, it's time to look into diabetes self-management education classes.  These classes will education you in the whys and ways of diabetes – how it affects your body and what you can do to manage it through blood glucose monitoring, medication, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and exercise. 

Ask your doctor or call your clinic or hospital outreach for a referral to a diabetes education program.  You might also find a class through your local college or community center.

Joining a support group.

A diabetes support group will help you realize that you are not alone.  They are also a great source of information, tips, advice, and, of course, support.  Ask your doctor if he or she knows of a diabetes support group nearby.  If not, check with your local hospital, the internet or social section in your local newspaper.

Create your own support system

You don't have to go down the Diabetes road alone.  Create a safety web of friends and family that can provide you emotional support while you deal with a slew of new medical issues and concerns.  Studies have shown that people who have a strong support system tend to be healthier and recover quicker from illnesses. Without this valuable tool, you may feel alone or "different". 

If you have a family, you might consider everyone making the same lifestyle changes as you.  Not only will this make things easier (you won't have chocolate cupcakes staring up at you from the fridge shelf) but your family will get healthier too!

Share your feelings

Discuss your concerns and feelings with someone – your mom, best friend, doctor, or support group.  Many people have said that talking out their problems with someone they trust has helped to relieve their stress and anxiety.  Also, you might be surprised to find a good solution or a different way to look at it during the discussion!

Set goals

Take a moment to set certain goals when it

Diabetes and You - Coping with the Disease
comes to controlling your diabetes.  Maybe you want to have your numbers under a certain level by next month or you want to lose 10 lbs.  Whatever you choose, make sure you write it down some place where you will see it often. 

Of course, the important thing is not to beat yourself up if you don't make your goal.  Life happens and we can't always put all of our attention on one thing.  Instead, celebrate what you have achieved that month and move on. 

Learn to manage your stress

It's important that you learn to manage your stress levels.  Studies have shown that stress not only affects your heart and circulatory system but it can also raise your blood sugar levels.  So, take a moment each day to relax - go for a walk or to the gym, enjoy a massage, have an outing with friends, take a yoga class, learn meditation, pray, or pick up a new hobby. 

Keep a journal

Many patients find it helpful to write down their thoughts, worries, and concerns in one place.  Writing things down can help relieve some your stress.  You can write in a notebook meant for just your eyes or blog or vlog (video blog) for the whole world to see.  It's all up to you.  Either way, writing is good for your soul.

Exercise

Regular exercise can help you control your diabetes symptoms by reducing insulin resistance.  Even if you can only take a walk around your block, every little bit helps! 


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