For many people, the hardest part of living with diabetes comes at the beginning. Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes can be shocking and scary. Getting such news is not only unexpected, but it also raises countless questions and worries about what the future will look like. But getting a diagnosis is the first step in treating and managing diabetes. Getting the information and answers they need from their doctors puts patients in control of the disease, rather than the other way around.
Here are some tips for how to process and deal with an unexpected diabetes diagnosis:
- Give yourself time. Rare is the person who walks out of a doctor’s office with a shrug and devil-may-care attitude after being told they have diabetes. You’ll be feeling a lot of emotions: sadness, anxiety, disbelief, anger, guilt, just to name a few. Allow yourself time to feel any or all of these things in the days and weeks ahead. Over time, as you educate yourself and learn how to manage your condition, these feelings will pass.
- Get support. Your doctor and other members of your medical team will guide you through the implications of diabetes and the things you will need to do going forward to keep your blood sugar in check and minimize the chances of complications. But don’t neglect your mental health. Whether you lean on friends and family, seek professional help, or join diabetes support groups and communities, discuss your feelings and fears honestly and openly.
- Empower yourself with knowledge. You don’t know what you don’t know about diabetes. The more you educate yourself about the condition and how to manage it, the less scary things will become.
- Try to relax. Find ways to relax your body and take your mind off your worries, such as exercise, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga.
- Keep hope alive. You’ll quickly learn that a diabetes diagnosis isn’t a death sentence, it doesn’t mean that you won’t ever be able to eat your favorite foods or enjoy your favorite activities ever again or that your life will be turned upside-down. Once you make the necessary lifestyle adjustments and become more comfortable and confident about monitoring your blood sugar levels, you’ll soon realize that you are the same person living largely the same life you did before your diagnosis.
Making Diabetes Management Easier With Continuous Glucose Monitoring
One way to make glucose monitoring more comfortable and convenient is through Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM). Traditional glucose monitoring involves pricking a finger multiple times a day to test blood samples. Now, however, technology has provided those with diabetes with a more accurate and easier way to keep track of their blood sugar levels. CGM is a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps those with diabetes stay in control of their condition and their lives.
If you have recently received a diagnosis of diabetes, ask your doctor about CGM and contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.