Have you recently been diagnosed with Diabetes? We are here to help.
Your health is your number one priority and finding out that you have something wrong can be worrying. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Diabetes, it’s natural to feel stressed or scared for the future. Learning more about the disease and breaking down the facts from the fiction can help you regain a sense of normality and feel in control of your diagnosis.
Accepting the diagnosis
A Diabetes diagnosis can be life-changing. We’d love to tell you that it won’t affect your everyday lifestyle, but that’s not entirely true. It is something you’ll have to take into consideration every day, in one way or another. Whether you now need to adopt a healthier diet, or inject yourself daily, you will experience changes to the way you live your life - but this doesn’t have to change your entire life. You are still you, not your diagnosis.
Accepting that you now need to do these things every day can be the biggest challenge faced by people with Diabetes. Accepting any new diagnosis can be difficult and complex, but the sooner you can come to terms with your diagnosis, the more likely you are to manage it effectively. Worry is a huge burden on the body. It places additional strain on your mind and body as you navigate this stressful time in your life.
Are you struggling to accept your Diabetes diagnosis? Have you considered strategies like talking therapy and mindfulness? These are helpful ways to come to terms with your diagnosis, improve your mental health and maintain a positive outlook on life.
Support from the Diabetes community
Diabetes UK runs local support groups across the UK. If you’ve never been to a support group or you don’t know anyone else there, the thought of attending can feel daunting. You might not expect to get much from it, either. However, you may be surprised at how calming it is to speak to people who have been in your shoes. When you receive a Diabetes diagnosis, those around you might not know what to say to support you. Support groups can give you a chance to speak openly about your condition. It’s a chance to get real advice from people who know what you’re going through.
Feeling in control of your body
Receiving any diagnosis can be daunting. Having someone else tell you about your own body is a strange experience. You may feel like our body has betrayed you in some way or worry that you have no idea what’s going on inside you. It’s perfectly natural to have these feelings. Remember these are just feelings and they will pass.
You are the one in control of your Diabetes. It may be a daunting task at first. But, you’ll soon become in tune to your blood sugar levels and judge how best to manage your condition. People who manage their Diabetes properly can enjoy life, just as anyone else would. Your diagnosis might require you to consider your health more than you normally would. But these habits are quickly formed. Once you get into the swing of things, it will become second nature.
Myth #1: People with Diabetes can’t play sport
Exercise plays an important role in living a healthy lifestyle, and that is also true for people with Diabetes. You should consult your doctor before starting a new form of exercise, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid it.
Myth #2: A Diabetes Diagnosis means limb-loss or blindness
While amputations and blindness are both side-effects of Diabetes, with proper management of your condition, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of complications later on. Maintaining stable blood glucose levels is the key to protecting your health. Quitting smoking, getting regular exercise and eating well are all important to leading a healthy lifestyle. You should also attend your routine Diabetes check ups with your specialist. Your specialist can help you manage your condition in the best way to avoid any nasty complications.
Myth #3: You can’t drive with Diabetes
This is not true. This myth comes from the concern that people with Diabetes might suffer hypoglycaemia. However, hypoglycaemia is a preventable state that can be avoided by managing your blood glucose levels effectively. Being diagnosed with Diabetes doesn’t mean you will lose your ability to drive.
Myth #4: People with Diabetes can’t eat sugar
Eating a balanced diet is important for your health. This includes sugar, in moderation. If you have diabetes, there are several dietary guidelines that are recommended by Diabetes UK to maintain good health. The guidelines recommend:
- Focus on eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, nuts and pulses
- Aim to reduce your intake of red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates and sugar sweetened beverages.
- A well balanced whole food plant based diet has seen to be beneficial for some people with diabetes.
What to do next after receiving your Diabetes diagnosis
The best way to ensure your Diabetes diagnosis doesn’t have a negative impact on your life is to be proactive. Make an action plan to manage your condition and stick to it.
Changing daily habits that we’ve had our whole lives can be tricky. Positive reinforcement can be a helpful strategy to support you as you make healthier decisions. For every positive action you take, remember to acknowledge your success. Write yourself a checklist and tick off the healthy habits you’ve practised each day. Every healthy meal and exercise session, are helping you achieve a healthier body and lifestyle.
Things to include on your checklist:
- Eating healthy meals
- Getting regular exercise
- Visiting your doctor or specialist
- Getting organised with your medication
- Finding a support group
- Practising mindfulness
- Quitting smoking, if you smoke
- Diabetes and medication management
If you’re overwhelmed by your new Diabetes medications, Mayberry Pharmacy can help. MediPack sorts all your tablets into clearly-labelled, dose-specific pouches, and these are delivered to your door, for free. Your delivery will include any injections and testing strips. We send insulin in cool packs on a 24-hour delivery to maintain a stable temperature. Get started today.