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How to Stop Diabetes From Stealing Your Happiness

Finding out you have diabetes can be a shock. You might feel mad, sad, confused, or stressed about the diagnosis and all the changes it brings.

That’s normal. If you work through those emotions, you can get back to feeling good again.

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Denial

Your doctor has confirmed that, yes, you do have diabetes. But do you still feel like "this can't be happening to me"? Or that there's been a mistake, or you want to wait for more test results?

That’s denial. Many people react that way when something overwhelming happens.

Start to make the adjustment as best you can, and with help from your doctor and support from family and friends. You'll begin to get used to keeping up with your blood sugar tests, medications, doctor appointments, diet, and exercise.

Confusion

Like any other condition, diabetes can be tough to manage at times. You may not understand what your doctors say, or what you’re supposed to do.  

Over time, you will get more familiar it. It helps to write down a plan for your day. Include when to take your medications, times to test your blood sugar level, your workout for the day, and some healthy eating ideas. You can share this plan with your doctor to see if there’s anything you should change.

Anger

You may think of anger as something bad. But it doesn’t have to be destructive or negative. You can make it work for you.

Think of anger as a source of energy. Choose to use it to do something positive for your health, such as exercise. The key is to notice when you’re angry, and then decide what you will do with those feelings.

Sadness

It's normal to feel sad every once in a while. You may feel blue about having diabetes or about the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make.  

Let your doctor know if those feelings get overwhelming, or if they don’t lift when you do things you enjoy, spend time with people you love, and take good care of yourself. She can recommend a support group or counseling to help you feel like yourself again.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 12, 2014

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