How To Manage a New Diagnosis of Diabetes?

Written by: Shruthi Chacko – M. Sc (Psychology)
Last updated date : February 26, 2023

Chapter 1:

Oh It Is All My Fault! (But, It Really Isn’t Your Fault)

It can be hard when you’re doctor tells that you have diabetes. Hearing those words is definitely not an easy moment. Coping with a new diabetes diagnosis is quite challenging. This article will help you to learn how to manage a new diagnosis of diabetes.

There is so much that goes on in your mind when you hear the news. You must be blaming yourself. Also, you must think that it is all your fault. But, the thing is ,it really isn’t. Remind yourself that your body needs some extra care and you are not at fault. Type 2 diabetes is a genetic disease. So, you are less to be blamed for your situation. But, however, it is true your lifestyle might have triggered it. But, don’t worry if you lead a healthy life you can manage it quite well.

Chapter 2:

You Need to Know the Truth

It is true that getting diagnosed with diabetes can really shake your world. But, remember it is not the end of the world. The first step is to stop blaming yourself. This is probably the best time for you to reconsider your heath and lifestyle. Well, the truth it is not because you were lazy or perhaps even eating way too many sweets.

You must know that Type 2 diabetes is a genetic disease. of course, It is dependent on lifestyle factors. If you loose weight, you can mage your blood glucose in a better way. If you exercise, walk or run, you can manage your blood sugar. So, basically if you lead a healthy lifestyle, you can keep the diabetes on check. However, it does get hard to manage a new diagnosis of diabetes, but hang in there.

Chapter 3:

First Things First- Ask All the Questions

If you have some question. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor. It is quite hard to manage when you are recently get a diagnosis of diabetes. These questions could give you an idea of what you could ask.
  1. What does having Type 2 diabetes indicate?
  2. Am I stuck with this disease forever?
  3. How will I know if my blood sugar levels are getting better?
  4. How often should I get my blood levels tested?
  5. What sort diet should I follow?
  6. What are the immediate complications of having diabetes?
  7. Is it best that I meet a nutritionalsit or dietician?
  8. How can I know if I am having low or high blood sugar? What is the treatment like?
  9. Which sort of physical activity or exercise should I follow?

Asking these questions are very important. No question is a stupid one. It is true that coping with a new diabetes diagnosis is hard. Learning more about this disease is very helpful to keep your anxieties on check. When you know what is going on in your body, you become a better judge to make good decisions in the future.

Chapter 4:

How to Manage a New Diagnosis of Diabetes?

It is very natural to feel scared, overwhelmed and confused when you get diagnosed. That is completely normal. Don’t worry, we have got you covered with some amazing tips to manage your new diagnosis.

It Is Okay To Get Frustrated (It does get hard to manage a new diagnosis of diabetes)

It’s perfectly okay to become upset and angry. It is okay to cry it all out . We are all human. Take a deep breath and try to sleep it off. You will feel much better. When you wake up the next day,  always tend to be feel a little better. Don’t let others make you feel guilty because you get frustrated about diabetes from time to time. When anger and frustration become the core theme in your diabetes treatment, such emotions become unhealthy.”

Lean On Your Loved Ones

It is really okay to feel scared and confused. You might feel like you are alone in this, but you are not. There are people around you who care and love you. Telling your family and friends that you have Type 2 Diabetes is one of the most difficult things in the world. Remember that sometimes, they may not entirely understand it all. It is probably because that they have not gone through it before. Hence, they would require you to explain it to them.Diabetes is often misunderstood, and I believe individuals with Type 2 Diabetes understand it better than anyone else.

Have Patience

Try to be patient. Be kind to yourself, as well as your friends, family, and doctors. It does get hard to manage with a new diagnosis of diabetes. There’s a lot to learn, and while it’s all quite scary and overwhelming right now. It does get better. It just takes some more time. You’ll quickly forget what life was like before diabetes. There’s a lot of fresh information to take in. You don’t have to learn everything in one day.

Every day is a brand new day, especially when it comes to pump training. Diabetes affects a large number of people. Don’t be hesitant to ask. We’ve all asked the same questions.

Focus On Health, Not Weight Loss

A lot of people are in a hurry to loose weight. In fact, what people really need to focus on is their health. To eat more fruits and vegetables. Reduce their portion sizes. Avoid or eat less sugar and saturated fats. Keeping the burden fo weight loss can be pressurising. Of course, when you eat healthy and reduce your intake, you will naturally loose weight. but, keep in mind to improve your health and not weight loss.

Take It One Step At A Time
You must take things each day at a time. There would be good and bad days. It is true that coping with a new diabetes diagnosis is hard. But, you must never give up. You can still live a normal, healthy life and accomplish anything you desire, even full marathons. It helpful to talk to someone; join a support group, and try to get your caregivers/helpers to join as well. Even just talking with others can be really beneficial. You are not alone and it is okay to ask for Support!

You Can Do It (You can manage your new diagnosis of diabetes)

You’ve got this. You’ll have ups and downs. You’ll grow tired of people telling you what you can and cannot have. You can’t do what you used to do. In fact, remember to have the perfect support team and you’ll be alright. If you have people cheering you on, living with diabetes becomes a lot easier. It is true that coping with a new diabetes diagnosis is hard. Hence, diabetes requires effort and attention, and you may feel overwhelmed, isolated, or even burned out at times.

In fact, the stresses of daily life, as well as difficulties with depression, that are frequent in diabetics, can drain your energy.  It is crucila to have support.  It could be a family member, a close friend, a good doctor or perhaps even a support group. Also, choose a doctor you can be open with and who you believe is on your side to manage your new diagnosis with diabetes.

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