Adjusting To Your Diabetes Diagnosis
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The first step to adjusting to your diabetes diagnosis is to figure out what you need to learn about your diabetes. You must be aware of what your body needs in order to stay healthy and your doctor must be able to teach you what your body needs in order for it to live as it should. The best way to start figuring out your needs is to talk to your physician about how your diabetes diagnosis affects you. Ask them what types of tests they run, what medications are available, and what changes will help you adjust to your diabetes diagnosis.
When you have a diagnosis of diabetes, your blood sugar levels can become erratic, especially if you do not keep up with your medication. Many medications need to be taken on a daily basis in order for them to work properly, and if you do not follow your doctor's instructions you can end up with your level's going out of control. Many people who do not keep up with their medication experience drastic fluctuations in their blood glucose levels and do not know what to do when that happens. If your blood sugar levels go out of control, you must learn how to manage those levels so you can avoid serious consequences and complications.
In addition to keeping up with your medication you must learn to manage your diet. It is important that you know what foods and drinks are going to trigger your insulin spikes and why they are triggered. As you learn more about your diabetes diagnosis, you will learn which foods to avoid, which ones to limit, and which ones you must consume in order to maintain the right amount of insulin to keep your glucose levels at a healthy level. If you do not learn how to manage your diet, your blood sugar levels can start out very high before they drop. Once you learn how to do that you need to make sure that you do not eat those foods again.
One thing that you want to be able to do when you begin to adjust to your diabetes diagnosis is to learn to monitor your blood glucose levels and find out if they are out of range. You want to make sure that you know what your doctor tells you when your levels start to rise and how to manage those levels so that you can prevent problems before they happen.
After you have learned to monitor your blood glucose levels, you want to make sure that you do not miss a dose or take too many pills at one time. Often people with diabetes take many medications because they want to get control of their diabetes, but they never keep track of their blood glucose levels because they think that they will take a lower dosage later. You will want to make sure that you know what your average blood sugar level is and how often you should take your medicine.
After you learn to manage your diabetes, you may want to start taking medications that are used to treat your symptoms. When you take medication for your symptoms, you are reducing the effects of the medication and allowing your body to adjust to having the medication and then stopping it when it is no longer necessary. Medication for diabetes should always be a long term commitment. Medications should not be an easy fix, especially if you take a blood pressure pill or insulin when you are not having any symptoms.
You also need to be aware that you will need to change your lifestyle to adjust to your diabetes diagnosis. You will need to make certain changes to your daily routine and make sure that you know what to do and eat in order to keep your blood sugar levels in balance. Once you start making these changes you will notice that you feel better and that you are not suffering from the side effects that come with uncontrolled diabetes. You will find that you feel more energetic and can do things that you have never done before.
There are things that you can do now that will help you to adjust to your diabetes diagnosis and to learn how to manage your diabetes. The sooner you start making these changes the better your chances will be for a long and healthy life.