Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Diabetes Health Center

Font Size

How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

I've Blown it!

All-is-lost attitude: "I totally abandoned my meal plan with that giant plate of macaroni and cheese last night. But it's my favorite! What’s the point of trying to eat healthy? I’ll just screw up again and wreck all my progress in one night."

Time-is-on-my-side attitude: "I used to overeat almost every night of the week! I’ve had healthy dinners every day this week until last night, so I’m making progress.

"Plus, my nutritionist keeps telling me I don't have to give up my favorite foods completely. All I have to do is account for the calories and carbs.

"Eating mac and cheese occasionally will make it easier to stick to a portion that won't derail me physically or emotionally."

Of course, you want to stick to your food plan as often as possible. But it would be unrealistic to think you'll never overeat again. What you say to yourself after that happens can make all the difference about how enthusiastic you'll feel about getting back on track.

Be the Change

Pay attention to what you say to yourself, especially on bad days. Are you boosting yourself up or knocking yourself down?

If you’re used to talking down to yourself, it’s going to take some practice before your inner voice becomes your best friend instead of your worst enemy. Here are some ways make positive self-talk a habit:

  • Keep a journal to record your inner voice. After about a week, read it to look for patterns.
  • Write positive messages for yourself, like “I am healthy." "I am strong." "I am managing my health well.”  Put them places you'll see every day -- your wallet, bedside table, or near your toothpaste.

Make a point of saying something positive to yourself every time you look in the mirror. “Hey, what a great smile I have!” “My hair looks really good today!” “This is a great color on me!”


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on November 14, 2013

Is This Normal? Get the Facts Fast!

Check Your Blood Sugar Level Now
What type of diabetes do you have?
Your gender:

Get the latest Diabetes newsletter delivered to your inbox!


Your level is currently

If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Did You Know Your Lifestyle Choices
Affect Your Blood Sugar?

Use the Blood Glucose Tracker to monitor
how well you manage your blood sugar over time.

Get Started

This tool is not intended for women who are pregnant.

Start Over

Step:  of 

Today on WebMD

Woman holding cake
man organizing pills
Close up of eye

Woman serving fast food from window
Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
Middle aged person
are battery operated toothbrushes really better

Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
type 2 diabetes
food fitness planner
Are You at Risk for Dupuytrens Contracture