Diabetes may stay with those that are diagnosed with it for life, but that doesn’t mean that those people who are diagnosed with cannot manage it for life. Yes, those that are diagnosed with diabetes can manage their diabetes for the remainder of their life, whether they are diagnosed with it early on or later on.
So, if you are a diabetic, make sure to never give in in regards to it. And, make sure to take heed of the diabetes managing advice below, too. By doing so, you might just save your life.
First of all, learn all about it
If you are a diabetic, whether recently diagnosed or not, then you simply must learn everything there is to learn about diabetes. You must do so because you are the most important member of your health care team, and thus that means that you must know everything that you are dealing with. You must know the difference between the types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational. You must know as much as you can about blood sugar levels and how they are impacted by diabetes and all of the medicine taken to combat it. You must seek more info on medicines such as Januvia, even if you’ve never heard of it before. And you must know your diabetes ABCs: A is for the A1C test, B is for blood pressure, C is for cholesterol.
Once you know all of these things and everything else there is to learn about diabetes (and there’s a lot more, believe me) you will be well on your way to managing your diabetes for life. And, fear not because if you, for whatever reason, find yourself struggling when trying to learning all of these important things, then you can learn more about diabetes by involving yourself with support groups on the matter.
Surround yourself with a health care team
As previously mentioned, you are the most important member of your health care team. And, as the most important member of it, it’s down to you to actually form it. It’s down to you to put the others members of it in their place and it’s up to you to actively seek their help.
What your health care team should consist of is a bunch of experts in their respective fields who will be able to provide you with the knowledge and help you need to successfully circumvent and manage diabetes. These experts should be: your dentist, a diabetes doctor, a diabetes educator, a dietitian, an eye doctor, a foot doctor and a pharmacist. You should surround yourself with this crack team of experts in your health care team because they will each provide you with specific assistance that you need to manage each specific area of your diabetes.
But, it’s not just experts in the field of health provision that you should be surrounding yourself with. No, you should also be surrounding yourself with loved ones who are going to support you through your diabetes, especially during the earliest stages of it, in order to keep you on the straight and narrow in regards to it. Yes, you’re going to need someone to tell you to cut back on the chocolate every now and again and you’re going to need somebody to help you stay fit and healthy, and that’s why you need a strong network of support surrounding you. So, don’t be afraid to talk to your loved ones and don’t be afraid to ask them for their help.
Take your condition seriously
As strong as your supporting network is, and as helpful as they may be in regards to keeping you on the right path in regards to managing your diabetes, ultimately it all comes down to you. It all comes down to you to manage your situation and to do all you can, all the time, to bettering it. And, the only way you are going to do this is if you take your condition seriously.
When taking your diabetes condition seriously, the first thing that you should engrain into your head is that diabetes is SERIOUS. There’s no such thing as a ‘touch of diabetes’ — diabetes is serious and can kill you. Therefore, you need to take it seriously, you need to take your food choices seriously, you need to take your weight seriously, you need to take your sugar levels seriously and you need to take the taking of your medicine seriously. If you don’t, seriously, you will put yourself in grave danger.
Learn how to cope with your diabetes day by day
Seriously, as a diabetic, every new day that you get to see and live through unscathed is a blessing. And, if you want these blessings to continue in your life way into your future, then you need to be doing all you can, at all time, to cope with your diabetes.
The first thing to do when coping with diabetes day by day in order to ensure a bright, long future for yourself is to learn how to lower your stress levels. You see, stress can be detrimental to blood sugar levels and can raise it through the roof, and that’s why you need to practice your breathing and find something in your life that calms you. The second thing to do, of course, is to eat well. And, this doesn’t just mean eating well for one or two days of the week, this means eating well seven days a week. This means doing things like making a diabetes meal plan for yourself and only ever indulging on foods that are low in calories and saturated fat. Quite simply, this means coping with your diabetes day by day, not one day on one day off.
Diabetes can be managed, and it can be managed for life. But, it can only be managed for life if the advice above is taken into consideration and those that are diabetic vow to do all they can to keep themselves healthy.