Youíve gone to the doctor, done your blood tests and gotten the results. DIABETES!
How do you cope with such a diagnosis? What can you do to ease your mind and body into your new lifestyle?
First you may find yourself going through some from of grief. There are the seven levels of grief which are: acceptance, anger, denial, depression, fear, guilt, and shock. How you handle these steps is very important in your emotional and physical health.
Knowledge is power in dealing and facing diabetes. You hold the key to success or failure of keeping your diabetes in control. Your doctor may prescribe medication and lay out a whole new lifestyle regime you may bristle at. Going through these steps you can conquer your fears, anger, denial and depression. Because, as of right now, there is no cure for diabetes you can never get away from the disease. You can control it or it can control you.
The first thing you must do is get all the information you can about diabetes and its long term effects. Diabetes affects your whole body. You must develop your team of your doctor, Certified Diabetes Educator and any other specialists. With your team in place, you can plot your strategy of getting your diabetes under control and enjoying life.
With so many resources available you wouldnít be wise to take advantage of them. If you have financial issues as well be sure to check with programs which can help with your diabetes supplies. Meters and test strips are key to determine which foods are good for you.
Exercise is also a key. If you canít walk, there are many DVDís out there with exercise programs. Look into your local Y if you canít afford a heath club, or chart your own exercise program. There are many websites available to help you in your program. Try www.sparkpeople.com; search until you find the right website to help you. Get an exercise buddy at work. Studies have shown people who have to account to another person succeed.
Join a support group. Talking to other people with your condition helps to accept your diabetes. Talk to your doctor, call a local hospital and even on the internet. Exchanging information, ideas and problems will empower you and help on your journey.
Remember to take one day at a time. Check your numbers and if any problems occur consult your doctor.
Good luck as you began you journey