Newly Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetesby David Mendosa Patient Advocate
Type 2 diabetes is a lot to live with, so it's understanable if you are depressed. Being depressed is pretty common, especially right after a diagnosis. But type 2 diabetes is manageable. In fact, you can be healthier and happier than ever. For some of us, the diagnosis was the kick in the pants we needed to get serious about losing weight and taking better care of ourselves. Learning about diabetes gives you power over it.
Losing weight is usually a good side effect of low-carb eating. Almost everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight. I know how hard it is to get down to the right weight, but every pound you take off gives you better control over your diabetes. We need to have a BMI of less than 25.
Most of us prefer to walk. But for people with leg problems, swimming may be the best alternative. You almost certainly have a nearby health club that you can join. We now know that exercise can improve our blood sugar level.
Limit your stress
While uncontrolled diabetes can affect every organ of your body, your mind is the organ that controls your diabetes. When you control your stress, depression, and hostility, you can reduce your blood glucose level. Most people find that meditation helps reduce stress.
Your power comes from knowing your numbers
Have your doctor prescribe a blood glucose meter, test strips, a lancing device, and lancets. In most states, if you have a prescription for them your insurance company will pay almost all of the cost. Check your blood sugar before any big meal and two hours after the first bite. The more you test, the more you will know about your diabetes.
Get regular A1C tests
Make sure that the doctor give you the tests that all of us with diabetes get, particularly your A1C level, which measures your average blood sugar over the past two or three months. The sooner you get your A1C level down to normal – below 6.0 -- the more likely you are to avoid complications.
Learn all you can about diabetes
Remember that you are in charge of your life, at that includes how you control your diabetes. Your doctor is there to help you. He or she works for you and if he or she doesn't cooperate, you need to find one who does. That’s all there is to it. Go for it!