It's past midnight. You're out of clean clothes, and you haven't finished that report for work. Though the alarm clock will ring in six hours, you cram in a load of laundry and spend another bleary-eyed hour at the computer. It's the only way to stay on top of a busy life, right? While skimping on sleep may seem like a good idea in the short run, it can have serious long-term consequences. Scientists warn that too little shut-eye may raise type 2 diabetes risks. And if you already have diabetes,...
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.
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.
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.
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.