Recently diagnosed with diabetes
When people first find out that they have diabetes, it's sometimes really scary, or sad, or even hard to believe. After all, you probably don't feel sick, or any different than you felt before you were told you have diabetes. And yet it is very important to take this disease seriously. Some people who learn they have diabetes worry that it means their life is over, or that they won't be able to do everything they used to do. Neither of those things is true.
Your new daily routine
What is true is that you may need to change some things about your daily routine. It's not your fault that you got diabetes, but it is your job to take care of yourself. Luckily, there's a lot that you can do to keep yourself healthy.
How do I manage Type 2 diabetes?
- Choosing what, how much, and when to eat
While you may need to make some changes, you have flexibility in deciding what’s on the menu.
- Getting active
Being active is another part of living healthy and managing diabetes.
- Aerobic activity
Aerobic activity makes your heart and bones strong, relieves stress, helps your insulin work better and improves blood flow.
- Weight loss
Losing weight can improve your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help get and keep your blood glucose in your target range.
- Checking blood glucose
Checking your blood glucose is one way you can know how food, activity and medicine affect your blood glucose.
- How do you feel?
Different people have different feelings about getting type 2 diabetes. Some people get angry or depressed.
- Getting support
Your family and friends can be a great source of support because they care about you.
Living with Type 1 diabetes
A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes means your pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin. Through multiple daily injections with insulin pens or syringes or an insulin pump, it will be up to you to monitor your blood glucose levels and appropriately administer your insulin. You will need to work closely with your healthcare team to determine which insulin or insulins are best for you and your body.
Exercise is also a key component of proper diabetes care. Along with all of the other benefits you will receive from being active, your diabetes will also respond in kind with more stable blood glucose levels. We have plenty of information and tips to help get you motivated and keep your exercise routines fresh.
Nutrition is one of the most important pieces of the diabetes puzzle. Understanding how different foods affect your blood glucose and learning to develop solid meal plans will be a crucial part of your daily routine.
Emotional support, while not often initially considered, plays a key role in diabetes care. Connecting with other people living with diabetes that understand the daily grind of counting carbohydrates, testing blood glucose multiple times each day and dealing with the various highs and lows (both physical and emotional) of life with diabetes can make all the difference.
American Diabetes Association – diabetes.org