Diabetic Life Lessons

Diabetes is a scary diagnosis when you first get it, and it may seem overwhelming. Be a diabetic for any length of time, and you learn a few things. It's too bad your older self can't come back and impart some wisdom to your younger self. This is what I wish I could have told myself.

It's Manageable

That is the key to remember with diabetes-- for the most part, it's all in your control. You just have to be active in actually controlling it. Before you let stress over the worst case scenarios get to you, become pro-active and take control.

Educate Yourself

There's no one-size-fits-all treatment for diabetes. The best way to take care of yourself and make sure you're getting the best possible care is by educating yourself and being your own advocate. Don't just follow doctor's orders without knowing what they're about-- learn enough so that you can be a participant in your health care.

You Don't Need to be Perfect

No one is perfect, and one bad day is not going to destroy everything. You might find you occasionally have too much to eat, or too much of the wrong thing. You might occasionally forget to check your sugar levels, or blow off the gym. Relax, you don't have to be perfect. The more you stay on top of things in general, the less you should worry about little slip-ups.

Don't Let It Run Your Life

As I said, management is key. Don't be afraid to live your life because of diabetes. The more you learn to listen to your body, the more you learn about its needs, the better in stride you can take diabetes.

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