If you have diabetes, you need to know a few things about how to live in spite or your disease. Here are some tips to help you.
Do something every day that makes you happy. Stop spending all your time thinking about diabetes. Make a conscious effort every day to do an activity you enjoy.
See your doctor when you should. It is important that you keep your doctor appointments. A lot of people think that they can simply test their blood at home, but the truth is that your doctor has more knowledge and better tools to track your diabetes. Not only that, but your doctor can help you monitor yourself for complications of diabetes. You may need to see other doctors as well. For example, it’s a good idea to see an eye doctor regularly, as diabetes can sometimes lead to eye problems. Regular doctor visits help you to catch complications early.
Talk to people who have diabetes. Other people have diabetes and are living life too. You aren’t the only one. Joining a community of diabetics can keep you up to date on the latest medications, give you moral support when you need it, and can help you feel better about living life with this disease. You can get ideas and tips about things you can do to make life better, and when you feel better, you can help others to feel as good as you do. You can join an online forum if you are uncomfortable at first going to a local support group.
Tell your family and friends what you are going through. People who don’t have diabetes may try to understand what you are going through, but they do not know what you are going through unless you tell them. Explain to them why holiday meals are a challenge, for example, or why you don’t want to go out drinking with them. They may be willing to make adjustments for you so that you feel more comfortable and are happier with them.
Take up a new hobby. A new hobby occupies your mind and makes you feel excited. When you have diabetes, it can seem like your day revolves around your disease. Don’t let that happen. Take up something new so that you can spend your free time learning about it and focusing on that.
Look for role models with diabetes. As an adult you may think you are too old to have role models, but that is not true. When you feel like your life is too hectic and that taking care of your disease is too much of a problem, look around to find people who are dealing with diabetes and still having a great life, such as Oscar winner Halle Berry.
There are many challenges when you have diabetes. However, you must decide to be bigger than those challenges. You must step up to the plate and take charge of your life. Diabetes is just one part of you. You have to make sure you don’t let it become all of you.