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Living With Type 2 Diabetes: 4 Things To (Always) Remember

July 16th, 2020

The list of questions about diabetes is long. A few weeks back we published 10 Questions New Type 2 Diabetes Patients Have- Answered and yet so many more questions remain unanswered.

Many diabetic patients remain confused. There’s a reason why so many of them extensively rely on diabetes management services. (Of course, even if you know your condition well and have a fair knowledge about diabetes, you should still seek professional help from doctors if your blood glucose level is high – instead of relying on some DIY, home remedies. Leaving your glucose level uncontrolled can cause long-term damage, leading to negative health outcomes.)

If you have diabetes, irrespective of how much you know about this disease, there certainly are a few things you should always remember. Let there be no confusion about these four things:

1. It’s causing serious damage that you aren’t aware of

Diabetes doesn’t leave an immediate negative effect. (Unless, of course, your blood glucose level is too high.)

It’s a progressive disease that does internal damage slowly. If left unchecked and unmanaged, it can do damage to everything from your heart and eye to kidneys and nerves.

So, just because the harm isn’t evident doesn’t mean you’re fine; it doesn’t call for nonchalance where managing your condition is concerned.

2.It isn’t about you eating more sugar

There’s a misconception among many that diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar. It’s incorrect.

Sugar intake is certainly one of the factors that raise blood glucose levels. But, besides, there are many other factors as well.

So, assuming that after you stop eating sugary foods, your glucose level would drop, is entirely wrong.

There’s much more you need to do. Visit a community health center and talk to a specialist.

3.There’s no one magical pill

As mentioned in the previous point, diabetes is an outcome of so many different factors.

So, there’s no such thing as a magic pill that you can eat or do to control your diabetes.

You must care for your overall health and wellness to achieve that.

Lose excess weight, eat healthy foods, exercise every day, and minimize stress. If needed and prescribed, stick to your medication and insulin doses.

A lot many strings need to be tied together to effectively manage your diabetes.

4.You can live a happy life

This is very simple: You can live a healthy and happy life even with diabetes.

The key is early diagnosis, regular testing, lifestyle changes, and quality treatment.

If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, don’t think the world is coming to an end; that it’s all over for you. Learn to manage your diabetes and continue living your regular life.

Conclusion

These are four things you should always remember if you have diabetes – or are at risk of having it.

There are, of course, plenty of other misconceptions that exist. Diabetes is indeed a complex disease that we’re all getting to know more about through countless studies around the world.

If you have questions or concern about the condition, visit a community health center, or call 704-393-7720, ext. 1028 and consult a specialist. Remember, high-stress level increases blood glucose. And lack of proper knowledge about managing your diabetes (the right way) is equally damaging.

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