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Diabetes Management: Coping with a Recent Diagnosis

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:50 PM

Receiving a diabetes diagnosis is devastating news for anyone. Similar to the five stages of grief, it’s understandable to react with a myriad of emotions, like sadness, anger, denial, grief, or guilt over the future of your health and wellbeing.

For more than 1.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes each year (according to the American Diabetes Association), the condition can impact one’s physical, as well as emotional, health.

Follow some of these tips to set yourself along the path of better coping with and managing your diabetes:

Express your feelings: Keeping your emotions bottled up only weighs you down further. Open up to family, friends, your doctor, and others and be open with them about how your diagnosis makes you feel. Consider seeing a counselor or mental health therapist if emotions become too hard to bear.

Stay in the know: Research diabetes in medical journals and on the Web, or take a diabetes class. Educate yourself about better self care, how to avoid complications and setbacks, and how emerging diabetes technology can affect your health.

Involve yourself: Join a diabetes support group, or volunteer at diabetes awareness events, programs, or at a hospital. Connecting with others who have diabetes engenders a positive way to cope by offering support to one another with people who understand what you’re going through.

Be accountable: It’s easy to feel helpless and victimized following a diagnosis. Take the time to process what it means, but embrace your role as a diabetic. Diabetes does not define you; realize that it’s on you to take control of your diabetes, not let it take control of you.

Commit to health goals: A diabetes diagnosis means a potential lifetime of lifestyle changes and insulin therapy. Don’t stop there. Set new, realistic health goals, and promise to start living a healthier lifestyle. Start an exercise regimen, draw up a new diet plan, and track your progress.



 

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