Things to help you deal with the diagnosis of Diabetes

So many people with diabetes seem to battle with the diagnosis, they battle with eating right and looking after themselves, as the daughter of a father that always seemed to think he knew better then the medical professionals, yet passed away from organ

failure, I do know a little about the battle a diabetic lives with.

Denial, the tests are wrong

Many people find it difficult to believe a positive result, believing that perhaps another test is needed or thinking maybe it will just go away. This is a very natural response to the shock of receiving a diagnosis of a chronic illness. Unfortunately, it is very likely that your diagnosis is real and diabetes is here to stay. However, it can be controlled and you can live a long life.

Diabetes is not a death sentence

With modern technology and care, we now know you can live a long and healthy life with diabetes. The outcomes of the past, like blindness, amputations and kidney problems, are largely preventable. People developing diabetes today have an excellent chance of living long, healthy lives, free from serious complications. With good care and attention, you can be one of those people.

Here are a few things you can do right now to set yourself up for success:

Service your body just as you would your car

Get a regular tune-ups;

  • Measure your average blood sugar levels minimum twice a year

  • Yearly dilated eye exam from an eye specialist who is knowledgeable about diabetic eye disease

  • Get a yearly kidney function test

  • Keep a close eye on your feet, especially if you have neuropathy or a lack of sensation.

  • Have your blood pressure checked every time you see your medical team and your cholesterol checked at least once a year.

  • Have your teeth regular cleanings and prevent tooth and gum disease by brushing and flossing every day, not just before you go to the dentist.

Learn all you can about diabetes…knowledge is power!

Not your fault !

Type 2 diabetes is a genetic disease/ disorder and is not caused by laziness, a lack of willpower or eating sweets. When you have certain factors – like being overweight, Fat distribution, Inactivity, Family history, Race, Age, Gestational diabetes, Prediabetes and Polycystic ovarian syndrome can all trigger it.

Type 2 diabetes used to be known as adult-onset diabetes, but today more children are being diagnosed with the disorder.

More and more people are becoming heavier and developing type 2 diabetes because most jobs now require little physical activity, life is more stressful, and too many foods tempt us that are high in calories, large in size and much too convenient. Your genes and the environment are the major culprits, but that doesn’t mean you are now helpless to protect your health, there is plenty you can do to help yourself.

Ignoring it doesn’t make it disappear

Just because you are unable to see or feel diabetes doesn’t mean you can ignore it. It fails into the category of Invisible Illnesses or disorders. However diabetes ignored and left unmanaged can cause major damage to your body. The odds are good that you can live a long, healthy life with diabetes, however only if you are working to control it. Get involved in your diabetes care, have your ‘Body Service’ regularly, don’t wait for the engine light to come on before you get things checked.

Know your numbers

No wonder you feel overwhelmed. You are informed of all this Medical stuff, that you have probably never heard of let alone thought about. Don’t try to do everything at once.

Start by making sure the critical tests are done and that you, not just your doctor, know the results. You can’t know what to do differently if you don’t first know how you’re doing and you need to know what the numbers mean, then you and your medical team can work out a plan for keeping the numbers in a safe range.

Blood Pressure - It's so important to keep your blood pressure under control. It is one of the things that can help prevent heart disease. For most people, the target blood pressure is less than 140/90.

A1C Levels - The most common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to monitor how well you're diabetes is being managed and is known by a number of other names including glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c.

The A1C test result reflects the average blood sugar level, for the past two/three months. The A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen) is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications.

Lipid Panel - The lipid panel consists of your low density lipoprotein (LDL), bad cholesterol, you want this to be a low, high density lipoprotein (HDL) good cholesterol, you want this to be a higher number and triglycerides, type of fat that accounts for about 95 per cent of all dietary fats,once digested, triglycerides circulate in the bloodstream to be used as energy by the cells. Any leftovers are stored in body fat to fuel the body between meals. These all make up your total cholesterol, but your total cholesterol can be misleading.

Target LDL cholesterol levels for adults with diabetes are <100 mg/dl ; HDL cholesterol levels are >40 mg/dl ; and triglyceride levels are <150 mg/dl. Women tend to have higher HDL cholesterol levels than men, an HDL goal 10 mg/dl higher may be appropriate.

***Discuss these numbers with your medical team as this may depend on your situation.

You don’t have to deprive yourself

Your favorite foods are still on the menu, you just need to plan for them. The days of boring diets are gone, with food awareness and menu planning a variety of food are available to diabetics. However, attention to the size of your meals is critical!

You will also need to learn more about the contents of the foods you eat (carbs, fat and calories), which foods you should eat more or less of, and how these foods affect your blood glucose and overall health.

Not taking your prescribed medications Is a dangerous

Many people worry that taking prescribed medications, may have negative side effects or they are expensive. It is true that some of the medications have negative sign effects however these are typically outweighed by the positive benefits to your long-term health.

Medication is required by most diabetics to assist to maintain their good help and diabetes controlled. The focus should not be on the number of mediations required but to ensure your Blood Pressure, A1C Levels, Lipid Panel, numbers are in a healthy range.

*****Talk about the pros and cons of medications with your medical team.

First concern protect your heart

Heart disease is the number one health concern for people with type 2 diabetes. This is why lowering the risk for heart problems, must be the main focus of diabetic and is the reason why people with diabetes are living longer. According to scientific studies, the 5 most important areas to address: (In order of importance

  1. Smoking

  2. Blood pressure

  3. Cholesterol

  4. A1c

  5. Fitness.

*******Talk to your doctor about your risk and Best plan for your situation

Healthy Lifestyle is the key

Choosing healthier foods (for example, more fruits and vegetables, smaller portions, and less saturated fats) and Increasing your fitness will have a bigger impact on your diabetes and heart health than worrying about weight loss. Focusing on Smart food choices and exercising may lead to weight loss naturally over time, which is a lovely site effect to have. Keep the focus on living a Healthy Lifestyle, not on Diets and Denial!

Some fantastic recipe books;

  • The CSIRO Low-carb Diabetes Diet & Lifestyle Solution

  • Diabetes: Recipes for a Well-balanced Lifestyle put out by Women’s Weekly

  • The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook: Simple, Quick and Delicious Recipes Using Just Four Ingredients or Less!

Your not alone

Good diabetes care takes attention and effort, and at times you may at times feel overwhelmed, discouraged, isolated or even burned out, that is why it is important to have good support around you. Your motivation can become sapped by the stress of daily life. To protect yourself, have at least one person who can support you and your efforts to manage your diabetes. I am here for support and mentoring.

Find a doctor you really trust, can be honest with, and who is on your side.

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Diabetes Australia

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