Being a type 2 diabetic has many challenges as you must change your mindset, lifestyle, and attitude towards your health. This isn’t an easy task. However, if you want to live and manage your diabetes it is imperative that you do so.
The first step starts with “admitting to yourself that you actually have it.” I know you’re reading this and have many questions about this statement! Let me explain. When you first find out that you have diabetes, you’re in total disbelief. You become sad and depressed. You mentally shut down and you generally don’t want to think about it or even deal with it at that time. Why? Because you think you have just been given the worse news of your life. Your mind is going a million miles per minute, and you don’t know what to do. Unfortunately, you don’t want to talk about it, because then it actually becomes real. So you don’t talk about it. The problem is the longer it takes you to come to terms with being a diabetic, the longer your diabetes isn’t being managed which may be causing additional health issues.
What can you do? As the old saying goes, “Knowledge is power!” There’s no time like the present to start doing research on diabetes (the internet has a wealth of information that can help educate you about your disease).
This brings me to the next stage of coming to terms of being a diabetic which is “acceptance.” Once you realize that your diabetes isn’t going away and this is your new reality, you have to act. I started doing several google searches about diabetes and I read so many articles about it.
During my search, I found the American Diabetes Association and it had a wealth of information. It even had many support groups for people, just like us, who are dealing with the same feelings, challenges, and issues related to managing their diabetes. It was this site that helped me come to terms and motivated me to want to do better. I learned about things that were never important to me before, including portion control, eating balanced meals, how to read food labels, how carbs turn into sugar, and how different foods can raise your blood sugar.
This information was invaluable, and I feel ultimately it helped save my life. I learned that I was not alone in this fight, as more than 34 million Americans are living with diabetes. I was encouraged! I started to change my eating habits by making some modifications over time. Remember, managing your diabetes is a process and doesn’t happen overnight.
I started exercising by doing 15 minutes a day, walking in place in front of my TV. Over time, I was able to exercise for an hour a day. Now I walk and volunteer for various 5k and 10k walks and I love it!
Last week, I went to the doctor, and he said, my A1C was 5.4! I wanted to cry because this was a long, hard road and I never thought I would get here, but I did. It wasn’t easy and I am still a work in progress every day. My best advice to you, is when you decide that you are ready to manage your diabetes you are going to be OK. You’re going to have good days and bad days, but don’t beat yourself up when you have the bad days. It’s OK, we all have them! You can do this!
You have to do this! We are fighting for our lives, and you can live with diabetes if you start managing it today. YOU CAN DO THIS!
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