Taking Control of Diabetes
How I Help Patients Cope with Diabetes:
Get the Facts. You will better be able to make informed decisions in managing your condition once you learn about your diabetes and understand your specific diagnosis. List out some preliminary questions you have before visiting your physician or health care provider.
Accept your Feelings. Studies have proven that people with diabetes who are aware of their negative feelings are actually better at maintaining their glucose levels and caring for themselves. If you tend to get anxious about seeing sugary snacks, pay attention to that anxiety instead of ignoring it. You can actually create more stress by avoiding your negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes.
Stay Balanced. Instead of letting diabetes be your main focus, continue to keep up with the other aspects of your life. You are still the same person you were before your diagnosis. Engage in activities you enjoy while you learn how to live with your disease.
Be Realistic. Overly strict rules are easy to break. Work on setting SMART goals that are easily attainable, like taking a walk for 10 minutes a day. To increase your exercise, slowly build up to a half hour or more over the course of several weeks.
Try New Things. Use diabetes as an opportunity to find new recipes, foods, or activities to try.
Develop a Strong Support Network. If you have a support network, it's been proven that you will be more likely to follow your health regimen. Additionally, research for diabetes shows that people with support from loved ones have healthier levels of blood sugar during high stress. Make sure to talk with those close to you about how they can help you.
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