The reality is that, although you never asked for a diagnosis of diabetes, you nevertheless are a diabetic, and the lifestyle decisions that you make and the foods you choose to eat have a powerful impact on your health. Your health is your responsibility, and it is largely a consequence of your own actions and decisions.
It is vitally important to make sure that, before making any lifestyle changes based on anything you read or hear (including this article!), you first consult your doctor. Diabetes is a serious disease, and before making any changes or incorporating anything new into your life, always make sure that your doctor gives it the final okay.
You must be your own best advocate! If something is unclear to you, ask about it! It is only natural that you would have questions, and the responsible thing to do is to ask them until the answers are clear to you. So for the sake of your health, commit to understanding anything that seems confusing to you by asking questions.
Make it your mission to learn all you can about diabetes. The more you know, then...the more you know. When it comes to living a happy, healthy life as a diabetic, education is truly the key. The more you know about what can exacerbate symptoms or put you at heightened risk for health related complications, the better informed you will be as you make choices in your daily life.
Try to find a support group for diabetics specifically, or for those with a diagnosis of a chronic disease. Ask your doctor if he or she knows of any, or do a search on the Internet. Talking with other people who are in a situation similar to yours can be of great help.
Keep your entire history of medications, hospital visits, surgeries and procedures, blood sugar readings and charts, insurance information, doctors and caregivers, important contacts, appointment calendar, and so much more in a MedTrakkerPersonal Diabetes Health Record.
As technology improves each day, and our understanding of treatments for diseases continues to change, it is important that you likewise keep up to date on the most available options for diabetics. Discuss them with your doctor to see if any are right for you.
Although a diagnosis of diabetes can leave many people feeling overwhelmed and at a loss, the more you know about this chronic and lifelong disease, the better equipped you will be to make the choices that will allow you to be healthy and happy as a diabetic. The decisions that you make as well as the lifestyle that you lead will have a tremendous impact on your overall health and prognosis as a diabetic.
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