https://www.healthcentral.com/slideshow/your-first-year-with-type-2-diabetes
Type 2 DiabetesNewly Diagnosed

10 Tips: First Year with Type 2 Diabetes

VIEW AS: LIST | SLIDES
Syringes and little letter blocks spelling out, "Diabetes Type 2"
iStock

Pill bottle spilled on blue background.
iStock

You have medication options


Insulin spelled out with little plastic letter blocks.
iStock

If you need to start insulin, know that your doctors are guessing your insulin doses


Yellow diamond street sign reads, "LOW CARB ZONE"
iStock

Your doctor probably isn’t going to recommend a low-carb diet...but you should learn about it


Fruits and vegetables laid out, some in heart shaped bowls.
iStock

If low-carb eating doesn’t work for you, there are other approaches to food that can help


Running tracking run on sports watch
iStock

Make exercise a real part of your week


Support, diverse group hands in circle.
iStock

Do your own research and find online communities


Pencil erasing "MISTAKE" on paper.
iStock

Forget about perfection


People applauding speaker at conference.
iStock

Go to a diabetes conference for patients


Testing blood sugar with glucometer.
iStock

Don’t be afraid of testing your blood sugar!


Arms holding up "NEVER GIVE UP" sign.
iStock

Above all else: do not give up


Ginger Vieira

Ginger Vieira

@GingerVieira

Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014. She is the author of Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes, Dealing with Diabetes Burnout, Emotional Eating with Diabetes, and Your Diabetes Science Experiment. Ginger contributes regularly for Diabetes Strong, Healthline, HealthCentral, DiabetesDaily, EverydayHealth, and her YouTube channel. Her background includes a B.S. in professional writing, certifications in cognitive coaching, Ashtanga yoga, and personal training, with several records in drug-free powerlifting. She lives in Vermont with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog, Pedro.