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What was your first reaction when your health care provider told you that you have diabetes? Were you overwhelmed? Scared? Or, did you completely deny that you have diabetes?
An initial, and sometimes later, reaction of denial is quite common. In our work, we see many forms of denial, including statements such as:
Fear, grief and depression are other common reactions to a diabetes diagnosis. Whether your initial reaction is denial, fear, grief or depression, we hope that you're able to move forward and accept the challenge of managing diabetes. Don't let these common emotions lead you to avoid self-care or to think that the diagnosis will "go away." Diabetes is a lifelong, chronic illness that can lead to complications if left untreated!
For the sake of your health, it's important you reach the point of acceptance. Fight for your health. Set goals, make a plan and ask for help from health care professionals such as diabetes educators and registered dietitians.
Tell your friends and family how they can help, and seek the support of a diabetes support group near you. The Juvenile Diabetes Association and American Diabetes Association websites also have information about camps for children and teens with diabetes. Remember, you're not alone.
Have a good week.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I firmly believe one of the major reasons people are not as vigilant as they should be when they find out they are diabetic is because they think there is something wrong with their character. The stigma is there is a lack of discipline as well as laziness. This is what puts people in denial. Disease needs to be an external enemy. People want to fight an external enemy. They can't wait. Diabetes has to be reframed, not only as a disease that is not the fault of the person who has it, but is contributed to by the food industry who produce food that is the cause of the problem. These companies keep putting on the shelves product after product with all kinds of added sugar, that they know is bad for us as well as addictive. This is a message that must be reiterated over and over when engaging a new Type 2 diabetes patient and it not just help them forgive themselves, it will give them a cause to fight for. And above all, people want a cause to fight for.
My last 2 FBS results have been 103 and my Hgb A1C is 5.7. I am told that I am pre-diabetic. I am cutting down on carbs, increasing exercise and trying to cut down calories. I am 5'4 and weigh 134. Question: how can I include 6 oz. of wine at dinner? Is dry wine or alcohol in general considered a sugar?
I hope others read this who fit this description like I did for many years. You hit the nail on the head. I just want readers to know how much better you can feel if you do take ownership and proper steps to manage this illness. It is truly amazing how much a 30 minute walk a day does to improve your numbers. The biggest thing I want to underscore - TEST your blood glucose regularly. You may be shocked but you need to know in order to take it seriously. Thank you so much and all at Mayo responsible for all the great advice published free of charge on diabetes.
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