Like asthma and arthritis, diabetes is a medical condition. It is not a personal failing nor a punishment. So never blame yourself or anybody else.
9. Diabetes is long-term.
Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will need to learn to manage your lifestyle, attitude, diet, exercise, and weight. However, understand from the start that even with the best control, the management will last forever.
8. Understand your form of diabetes.
MedHelp is committed to providing the information you need to understand your diabetes. From diet and exercise implementations to medical glossaries and communities, MedHelp has all the information you need to understand this medical condition and make the changes necessary to put a plan into practice.
7. There is financial assistance for diabetes.
Many people with diabetes are unaware that there is financial support for diabetes for those that are eligible. To get more information, see our financial assistance health page.
6. Testing is key.
You will need to test your glucose levels regularly. Blood sugar testing is vital to understanding where you stand and how to improve. Follow your doctor or healthcare providers instructions regarding testing.
5. Change your diet.
The onset of diabetes will unquestionably change the way you eat in some way. Eating properly to balance your glucose level is necessary to managing your diabetes. It is important to have the support you will need from your family, friends, and doctor. Our diabetes communities will also be able to provide you with stories of their own challenges and tips to encourage you to make the diet changes and stick to it. This may be the most difficult change for you to make, but you can do it!
4. Get outdoors more often.
You will have to be physically active. Exercise is helpful in keeping your blood at a healthy, lower level. Find a way to work exercise into your daily regiment. Even if you exercise regularly, you will need to be careful, as some exercises may result in diabetes-related problems. Talk about your exercise routine with your doctor or healthcare provider.
3. Remember to take your medication.
Your doctor or healthcare provider has given you the pieces of the puzzle to managing your diabetes and living a healthy life. You may be following your diet and exercise routine perfectly, but if you are not taking your medication as prescribed, you could still run into problems. MedHelp has all the information you need to understand the drugs you are prescribed, so read up on the drugs you are taking and consult your doctor about what is right for you.
2. Diabetes is manageable.
Your life is not over, far from it in fact. You will have to make sacrifices in your diet. If you are not used to exercising regularly, you will need to be more physically active. It takes effort, but diabetes is manageable.
1. Managing diabetes is up to you.
Your doctor is not the key manager of your diabetes. Your doctor will provide you with the information and the tools to get started, but managing diabetes is your responsibility. Search the forums to find the ways that other community members handled similar problems, post new problems and get answers, and write about your progress and triumphs. It may seem that you only have yourself to rely on, but the MedHelp community is always willing to lend a helping hand!
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