You’ve just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and your brain is probably going a mile a minute. This isn’t something you had planned on, but we can promise you that you are not alone. It might seem very scary but there is a new normal ready for you now. Take a quick breath, and read on for 6 things to do now that you have been diagnosed.
Diabetes can be very manageable when treated properly, with simple lifestyle changes. Although it is a progressive disease and should be taken seriously, this diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence.
In order to manage your symptoms and avoid complications you need to know what you are dealing with. Talk to your doctors, talk to a dietitian, and don’t be embarrassed to ask questions! There are tons of online resources as well, such as our blog, the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Learn to Count Carbs
Counting carbs is a key aspect in keeping your blood sugar under control. Check out this post to learn more about properly reading nutrition labels and consider replacing simple (bad) carbs with complex (good) carbs to find a balance that works well for you.
Test Your Blood Sugar
Now that you have diabetes, you will need to get a glucometer and test your blood sugar. Keep a log of your numbers and stats to get acquainted with your results. You can use this log to see how foods, drinks and exercise affect your levels and learn from the patterns.
Maintain a Workout Routine
Exercise can help lower blood sugar, improve your body’s ability to use insulin, and improve a multitude of other health factors (including heart disease, cholesterol and weight) that can all influence your diabetes.
This is a big change in your life, and you will need to educate your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to talk with them about your new normal and work with your healthcare team. Find support from fellow people with diabetes through online resources, which can provide an outlet to compare experiences, vent frustrations and get inspiration from others living with diabetes.