Just received a Diabetes diagnosis? We’re here to help
No one wants to hear that they have something wrong with their health. Finding out you have Diabetes can be very worrying, especially if you don’t know much about the disease. You may have also heard about some scary side-effects. Let’s break down your next steps.
Accepting the diagnosis
A Diabetes diagnosis can be life-changing. We’d love to tell you that it won’t affect your everyday lifestyle, but that’s not entirely true. It’s something you’ll have to take into consideration every day, in one way or another. That might be because you now have to inject yourself, or change your diet.
Accepting that you now need to do these things every day can be the biggest challenge. Acceptance is a difficult process, and a complex one. But, if you can come to terms with your diagnosis as soon as possible, you’re more likely to manage it effectively. Worry is a huge burden on the body. It’s not good for us to ponder on our worries for too long.
Are you struggling to accept your Diabetes diagnosis? Strategies such as talking therapy and mindfulness can be helpful.
Support from the Diabetes community
Diabetes UK runs local support groups. Attending a support group can feel daunting, if you don’t know anyone there. You might not expect to get much from it, either. However, it can be surprisingly calming to speak to people in your position. When you receive a Diabetes diagnosis, those around you might not know what to say to support you. Support groups can give you chance to speak about your condition. It’s a chance to get real advice from people who know what you’re going through.
Find your local support groups here.
Feeling in control of your body
Receiving any diagnosis can be daunting. Having someone else tell you about your own body is a strange experience. You may feel like our body has betrayed you in some way or worry that you have no idea what’s going on inside you.
The fundamental thing to remember is that you’re in control of your Diabetes. It might be a daunting task at first. But, you’ll soon become in tune to your blood sugar levels and judge how best to manage your condition. People who manage their Diabetes properly can enjoy life, the same as everyone else. Your diagnosis might mean you need to think about your health more than you normally would. But these habits are quickly formed. Once you get into the swing of things, it won’t be such a daunting task.
Myth #1: People with Diabetes can’t play sport
Exercise plays an important role in living a healthy lifestyle. That’s true for people with Diabetes, too. You should consult your doctor before starting a new form of exercise, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid it.
Myth #2: A Diabetes Diagnosis means limb-loss or blindness
Yes, amputations and blindness are both side-effects of Diabetes. However, managing your condition properly significantly reduces the likelihood of complications. Maintaining stable blood glucose levels is the key to staying healthy. You can achieve this by quitting smoking, getting regular exercise and eating well. You should also attend your routine Diabetes check ups with your specialist. They can help you best manage your condition to avoid any nasty complications.
Myth #3: You can’t drive with Diabetes
Not true. This myth comes from the concern that people with Diabetes might suffer hypoglycaemia. However, hypoglycaemia is a preventable state. It can be avoided by managing blood glucose levels. Having a Diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you need to worry about your ability to drive.
Myth #4: People with Diabetes can’t eat sugar
Eating a balanced diet is important for your health. This can include some sugar, in moderation.
What to do next after receiving your Diabetes diagnosis
The best way to ensure your Diabetes diagnosis doesn’t have a negative impact on your life is to be proactive. Make an action plan to manage your condition.
Changing our habits can be tricky. A good way to do this is to give yourself positive reinforcement. This means that for every positive action you take, you acknowledge your success. Write yourself a checklist and tick off the healthy habits you’ve practised each day. Remember that for every healthy meal or exercise session, you’re that much closer to a healthier body.
Things to include on your checklist:
Diabetes and medication management
If you’re overwhelmed by your new Diabetes medications, PillTime can help. We sort all your tablets into clearly-labelled, dose-specific pouches. These are delivered to your door, for free. Your delivery will include any injections and testing strips. We send insulin in cool packs on a 24-hour delivery to maintain a stable temperature. Find out more information here.