Caring for yourself when you have diabetes can be a challenging, confusing thing if you aren’t used to it. You have to make some lifestyle changes that you are unfamiliar with and that you aren’t sure how to handle. You might not know when to check your blood sugar, and you might not be sure how to inject insulin. Luckily this article will help you figure out what you need to do in order to really get a handle on this new phase of your life.
The first thing you need to do is to come to grips with how you really feel about being a diabetic. This can be a very stressful time and it can be a very confusing time. There is new equipment you need to have, you have to give yourself injections and you can no longer pig out on the foods you used to love only a few days ago. That’s why you need to really take stock of how you feel and what you think about what has happened. If you want to cry or yell for a while, that would be appropriate.
Find out as much as you can. After you’ve had your chance to vent and be upset, it’s time to get down to business. You really need to take a look at what you must do every day. If this means getting rid of all the junk food in your kitchen, or buying your supplies, that’s what you’ve got to do. When your home reflects your new life, you will be a bit more comfortable and ready to go.
If you are skittish about injecting yourself and testing your blood, take it slow. Be happy you don’t have to use old fashioned instruments! Don’t rush your way through it. Take your time each time and dispose of the syringes and lancets properly. After you’ve done it a few times you’ll be a pro, but the first few times take your time and do everything carefully to make sure you’ve done it right.
Decide to get on with your life. This is a smart way for you to really live well. Diabetes is a chronic disease that can seem intrusive much of the time–but only if you let it. You have to resolve that diabetes is a part of your day like eating is a part of your day, but it is not your whole day. Diabetes can be treated, and as long as you are complying with your doctor’s orders and doing what you should be doing, it doesn’t need any more of your thought than that.
After reading this article, you hopefully have a clearer idea about what your new life involves. There are millions of people out there who are handling diabetes well and happily, and you can be one of them. It is just going to take some getting used to, and some research. If you use what you’ve read here as a guide, you are going to be fine.