Type 2 Diabetes - Living With Type 2 Diabetes
Check your feet and skin daily
Check your feet and skin every day for
signs of problems. Nerve damage makes it hard to feel an injury or infection.
- Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet
- Checklist for Daily Foot Exams
- Care of Your Skin When You Have Diabetes
Living and coping
Trying to manage your type 2 diabetes isn't easy.
Some days you may feel like it's just too much work to do everything you need
to do. There will be times when you just don't feel like testing and tracking
your blood sugar.
It's normal to feel sad
or even angry sometimes when you have a health problem. Even though you've had a while to get
used to the idea of having type 2 diabetes, you may still have trouble adjusting. You
may find it hard to
When you feel sad, give yourself time to
grieve your losses. If you feel overwhelmed,
just try to focus on one day at a time. Do the best you can. You don't have to
- Depression: Stop Negative Thoughts
Get the support you need
If you're having trouble coping with your feelings,
try talking with a
counselor. A professional may make it easier to say
things you wouldn't talk about with friends or family.
If you have
symptoms of depression, such as a lack of interest in things you used to enjoy,
a lack of energy, or trouble sleeping, talk with your doctor. For more help,
see the topic
You might also want to:
- Talk with friends and family
about how you feel and any help you need.
- Ask a friend or family member to come to counseling with
- Talk to your spiritual adviser if you
belong to a church or spiritual group. He or she will have experience helping
people deal with their feelings.
- Join a support group. You can find one through your doctor, your local hospital, or the
American Diabetes Association.
One Man's Story:
As a grocery manager, Andy
is on his feet all day. He also likes to bowl and play basketball with his
buddies. He started thinking about what he would do if he couldn't walk, work,
or play. "It finally just hit me how serious this disease is. I couldn't keep
Read more about Andy and his diabetes routine.
Taking care of yourself in other ways
Be aware of other things you can do to help yourself
- Wear medical identification at all times.
You can buy medical identification such as bracelets , necklaces, or other
kinds of jewelry at your local
- Be careful when you are driving. For example, wear a medical ID bracelet and have quick-sugar foods with you.
- Be prepared so that you can prevent problems while you are traveling. You can do things to be prepared, such as taking extra medical supplies with you.
- Get a flu vaccine every year. When you have the flu, it can be harder to manage your blood sugar. It's a good idea to get a pneumococcal vaccine and a hepatitis B vaccine too. You may only need these vaccines once.
- Use vision aids if you have trouble with your eyesight.