Newly Diagnosed D

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Wed, 04/10/2013
Newly Diagnosed Diabetes

Are you newly diagnosed diabetes? Do not worry; it will not help you, learn about diabetes to make it bow you; otherwise, it will make you bow.

Are you diagnosing as diabetes recently?

It is tough to accept that you have diabetes. However, learning about diabetes is the first step for every newly diagnosed. It helps you to feel better, live healthier, and gets you a longer life.

Knowledge is the power to learn a lot about diabetes and its management. Start your diabetes treatment along with lifestyle changes such as healthy diet, physical activity, self-monitoring of blood glucose, and lose weight (if overweight).

Make your diabetes bow you

Naturally, a newly diagnosed person has always faced a challenge to manage diabetes! Do not bow to it and make it a significant obstacle in front of you. Instead, keep a brave heart, be positive, learn to handle diabetes, and make it bow you.

Do not allow diabetes to control your life; instead, change your attitude towards it. Accept it and put a brave heart, be positive, and take control of your diabetes.

You (Diabetic) needs to be smarter.

S – Stress management help stops your roller coaster effect and stabilizes your blood-glucose level.

M – Measure, Monitor your carbohydrate, and manage it in an optimal range.

A – A1C test for every four months; fix and achieve your target to avoid diabetes complications.

R – Restful sleep fantastically helps your diabetes management.

T – Treatment for your diabetes is required with proper insulin and medication dosage, precisely at the same time every day.

E – Educate yourself and Exercise regularly for your overall physical & mental health.

R – Reward yourself for your D achievements; this helps you motivate further.

What do I do, I am newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes?

Once newly diagnosed as diabetes type 2, it is quite natural to feel scared, depressed, or angry. These feeling only make your diabetes management more complicated.

You need to:

  • Educate yourself because knowledge is power; it helps you to gain confidence.
  • Be smarter in your food choices. Your does not need to avoid sugars instead learn to count carb and maintain your target range.
  • Be more active or do physical exercise regularly.
  • Check your blood glucose periodically.
  • Discuss with your doctor, whether you can manage your diabetes with lifestyle change and without medication.
  • Otherwise, learn different diabetes medication options you are having. How does an oral diabetes medication work to lower blood glucose level? Discuss with your doctor for the best medication & dosage.
  • Stop smoking, if you are a smoker.

What do I do, I am newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes?

Newly diagnosed as diabetes type 1 may come as a shock, the first question will be why me? No one wants to admit I had it. Other questions hang before you maybe how it going to affects my life. How am I going to relief from this shock? How am I going to manage my diabetes?

Therefore, you need to:

  • Educate yourself, because knowledge is the power, especially at the time of diagnosis. Learn as much as you can about the condition; the effort you put on can directly effluence how well your diabetes management will be.
  • Read the stories of other people with type 1 diabetes and learn how they find a way to better diabetes management.
  • Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. And hyperglycemia is high blood sugar. Learn to avoid both these blood sugar level extremes.
  • Be smarter in your food choices; learn how to do carb counting, know how much you need per day, and try to get it safely.
  • Learn how to calculate your insulin dosages: basal (insulin requirement for the entire day) and bolus (insulin to cover the foods you are going to eat).
  • Be more active or do physical exercise regularly.
  • Check your blood glucose regularly.
  • Finally, yet importantly, you should do an A1C test every three to four months.

What is Diabetes ABC?

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes-ABC is the key to manage your blood-glucose level better than before and help prevent or delay diabetes complications.

  • “A” stands for your A1C (average blood glucose level) measure it at least two times a year. Fix a suitable target and try achieving it.
  • “B” stands for your blood pressure, periodic blood pressure measurement is must, and you should aim for a blood pressure level below 130/80 mm Hg.
  • “C” stands for your blood cholesterol level. Measure your lipid profile every 3 to 6 months and manage it within the target range with proper diet, exercise, and medication (if required).