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Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Diabetes

 

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Living with diabetes presents challenges, and getting diagnosed with the disease can be extremely stressful and upsetting; as well, it’s not easy to follow so many rules and regulations governing proper diet, medication, and fitness. However, through careful attention to your lifestyle, you can minimize the negative side effects that accompany Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Many people deal with diabetes – learning to manage this disease is a journey that often leads to better self-understanding and a more profound grasp of what is really important in life. Your health is the most important thing of all, so learn to guard it by following our tips and tricks for dealing with diabetes. 

 

Value Your Emotional Health– Dealing with diabetes is not just about taking care of your body by adhering to a strict diet and getting regular exercise; it’s also about knowing how the disease makes you react emotionally. If you’re feeling depressed after being diagnosed with diabetes, you’re not alone – many people feel despair when they learn that they have the disease. When you’re scared or upset, you need support to strengthen your emotional health. Luckily, there are many excellent ways to find this sort of support within your community, or in the online community. For example, local support groups for people with diabetes will often be available through regional or national diabetes societies.

 

In the USA, the American Diabetes Association is a helpful conduit for all sorts of information about local support groups – you can find this association online at the following url: http://www.diabetes.org/. In Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association offers a long list of regional support groups – there is bound to be one in your locality (or close by)…you can view the list through this non-profit group’s official website - http://www.diabetes.ca/search/results/?cx=003094135815696782263%3Azxn5luxyt0g&cof=FORID%3A11%3BNB%3A1&ie=UTF-8&q=support+groups&sa=Search.

 

Spending time on the Web, researching message boards and chat rooms for people with diabetes, will help you to feel less alone as you learn with deal with your health condition. Education and camaraderie will give you more tools for understanding the disease, managing it, and coping with the emotional upheaval that it often brings. If you’re not getting the support that you need online or in the “real life” community, consider reaching out to a qualified therapist who can help you to battle your depression and/or anger. Your relationship with a therapist is of a confidential nature, so your sessions with him or her will be protected and private; in a one-on-one therapy situation, you may feel free to express your innermost thoughts, emotions, and fears. Sometimes, just the act of venting and giving voice to your emotions can be very healing…

 

Take Care of Your Body– Dealing with diabetes requires maturity, a philosophical outlook, and a large degree of self-discipline…it won’t be easy to stay on top of your health when you’re batting the disease, but it does tend to get easier over time. The best way to live with the disease is to follow all instructions from your doctor very carefully; while it is a drain to change the way you eat and the way you live, it can be done.

 

Many people need time to adjust to the restrictions of diabetic diets, which severely limit intake of sugar and “bad” fats; however, any slips can really do damage to general health. For this reason, it’s important to remind yourself that all health tips and instructions are truly for your own good. Giving up alcohol is one important part of living a healthier life as a diabetic; since cocktails, beer and wine are loaded with sugar, they are not wise choices for people who suffer from diabetes; sweet sodas and other processed foods are also very poor choices for people who want to feel their best while living with diabetes. Look for cookbooks that are endorsed by national diabetes associations, and then discover delicious new recipes that don’t leave you feeling deprived.

 

As you can see, getting emotional support and sticking to your doctor’s instructions are vital components in dealing with diabetes. Building a network of loving family members, caring friends, medical professionals and mental health therapists can boost your ability to cope with the disease. Combining the right support network with proper diet and exercise will help you to feel your best every single day.