Finding out you have diabetes can be disappointing and upsetting, usually because you might think you have to make tons of changes to your life that you aren’t ready to make. This article is designed to help you cope a little better with a diabetes diagnosis, so that you are able to really handle your diabetes in a way that allows you to better handle your life as well
1. Know how to test your blood sugars and how to take your medication. Your doctor has probably explained how to do this, but it’s important that you make sure you are doing it the proper way each time you check your levels and take your medicine. After all, blood testing is how you know how well you’re doing with your blood glucuse levels, and medication handles abnormal levels. The wrong processes might skew results and cause you to have a problem.
2. Know what you’re eating. If you’re like most people, your diet is not great. You always say you’re going to eat better, and you already know some things you can do to eat in a healthier way. When you find out you have diabetes, though, it can seem almost cruel at how quickly you need to get serious about your food. Just remember that there is no one specific diabetes diet. You have to focus on a diet which provides nutrient rich foods such as lean meats and vegetables that won’t cause wild veering in blood glucose levels.
It’s important that you watch for hidden sugars. Did you know that one cup of yogurt can be as high as 28 grams of sugar? That can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels.
3. Find people you can talk to if you have questions or concerns. Want to know if you can drink a glass of wine here and there? Not sure what you need to pack on trips? Think about joining a support group or an online forum for diabetics. They can help answer your questions, but you can also just observe to see how if you can provide help. Knowing people who have diabetes can help you to put it in the proper perspective so that you aren’t worrying all the time.
4. Let others know that you are a diabetic. You may choose to wear a bracelet, but even if you don’t, you can still talk to friends, family and co-workers about your disease. This will help them understand why you always need to snack. This can also equip them to help you, if you should have a hypoglycemic episode. Telling people can make you feel better as well.
Use the tips that you’ve read above, and you are on the right path to really starting to live a good life in spite of your diabetes. Changing your life can seem like a challenge, but once you get started you are going to be happy that you did. Apply the tips to your life and finally start living well.