When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, you may be stunned. You are probably shocked and frightened. You may not know what to do. First take a deep breath. Now what should you do?
Listen to what your doctor is saying to you. If you can, take notes because it may be hard to remember exactly what he is telling you. If you are thinking clearly, try to ask questions.
Now what should you do once you are home and once your nerves begin to calm? For the rest of that day, you should relax. When the next day arrives, you may want to make some plans.
• First, tell yourself that you will be okay. People are living healthy and productive lives with diabetes. They just have to learn how to take care of themselves. Tell yourself that you can learn how to do this and that you will be okay.
• Do some research? If you aren’t familiar with diabetes, now is the time to learn about your condition. Go online to reputable sites such as webmd.com , diabetes.org and jdrf.org and learn what you can about your condition.
• Examine how you eat and learn ways on how you can improve your nutritional habits. If you need help, make an appointment and talk to a dietician.
• Add exercise to your life. You can start by going for a nice walk to clear your mind.
• Learn how to monitor your glucose levels and learn how to make this a habit.
• Learn about your medications and how they should be taken. If you have any questions, discuss them with your pharmacist or doctor.
• Discuss your condition with your family and friends.
• Learn what the symptoms are for low blood sugar and learn ways in which you can control your own low blood sugar. This may be something you want to discuss with your doctor. Now may be the time to schedule another visit with your doctor, if you do not have one all ready scheduled.
• Learn how important the care of your feet is to your health. Examine your feet. Examine the shoes you wear the most. Is it time to buy some new properly fit shoes?
• Do you know what your blood pressure score is normally? If you sometimes experience high blood pressure, make sure your doctor is aware of this. High blood pressure sometimes occurs in patients with diabetes.
• Learn how to relieve any stress that you may have in your life. Try to keep your diabetes from causing you any additional stress.
Yes, being diagnosed with diabetes can be a scary thing. However, keep in mind that you can manage your diabetes. It just takes the right medication, keeping track of sugar levels, keeping your weight under control, and watching what you eat.