Getting a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis can be scary and isolating. You may be angry, feel guilty or be concerned for your family members. You may even be tempted to ignore the diagnosis altogether, in the hope that the disease will just go away.
While diabetes will not go away on its own, you have profound control over the impact the disease has on your life. The more you know about diabetes management, the more comfortable you will be living with diabetes.
Work on maintaining a positive outlook. Tell yourself that you are stronger than diabetes, and that you can beat it. Remind yourself that treatment for diabetes is possible, and that you’re on the road to managing the disease.
Consider joining a support group of people living with diabetes. Your doctor may be able to refer you to such a group. You may take comfort in learning about how others deal with diabetes management.
Don’t be afraid to seek the help of a therapist if you find yourself depressed and out of sorts. This is a life-changing disease, and it’s perfectly acceptable to need help in making the adjustment.
Team Treatment for Diabetes
After your Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, you’ll likely be matched with a group of health care professionals who will help in your diabetes management. Your team may include:
- A dentist
- A dietitian
- A podiatrist
- An endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in diabetes and other diseases of the endocrine system)
- An eye doctor
- Your primary care doctor.
This team will help you to manage your diabetes, and help to spot and treat any complications that may occur. Before you head to any appointment, it’s best to prepare. Write down a list of any symptoms you are experiencing, and bring this list to your appointment. Bring a friend with you to take notes, and take notes yourself. Ask for handouts to read and study at home. Write down any questions you have as they occur to you, and bring this list to your appointment.
Living with diabetes takes work and persistence. Treatment for diabetes is available, but it will require your cooperation. By staying positive, getting help and working with your medical team, you can take control.
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