Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Diabetes Health Center

Select An Article

How to Stop Diabetes From Stealing Your Happiness

Font Size

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.

Recommended Related to Diabetes

The Diabetes and Sleep Connection

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,...

Read the The Diabetes and Sleep Connection article > >


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.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 12, 2014
Next Article:

Today on WebMD

Diabetic tools
Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
woman flexing muscles
10 strength training exercises.
Blood sugar test
12 practical tips.
Tom Hanks
Stars living with type 1 or type 2.
kenneth fujioka, md
Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
Middle aged person
Home Healthcare

Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
type 2 diabetes
food fitness planner