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Learning to Live with Diabetes

Jul 2, 2021 | Diabetes, Everyday Health

Feeling overwhelmed, sad, or angry when you are living with diabetes can be common. You may know the steps necessary to help you stay healthy but have trouble sticking to your plan. Here are some tips to help you learn to live with diabetes.

Coping

Coping with your diabetes is important. Added amounts of stress can raise your blood sugar, so it is important to learn the best way for you to lower your stress to help keep your blood sugar levels down. There are many ways to do this, such as gardening, meditating, deep breathing, taking a walk, or working on your favorite hobby. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Find a counselor or a support group or talk to a friend or family member that will listen to your concerns and help you feel better.

Eat Well

Choosing to eat well will help you manage your diabetes. Try and choose foods that are lower in calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and salt. Eat more fiber and drink water over juice or soda. Talk with your health care team to help make a meal plan that is right for you. 

Be Active

Set a goal to be more active! Take a 10-minute walk every day, do yoga, or get a gym membership. Set a goal to help you stay at a healthy weight by exercising and using a meal plan. The more you move, the healthier you will be. 

Learn What You Need to do Every Day

Make sure you know what medications you need to take every day. Talk to your doctor about your medications and let them know if you have any side effects. Check your feet for cuts, red spots, swelling, and blisters. Call your healthcare provider right away if you notice any sores that don’t go away. Keep track of your blood sugar and keep a record of it.

Closing

Learning to live with diabetes can be difficult and overwhelming. These are just a few steps you can take to continue to learn how to cope with your diabetes. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions about the best way for you to live with your condition.