A diabetes diagnosis usually comes as a shock and an unwelcome surprise to most people. Emotions such as anger, sadness, grief, denial, loss, relief and fear may be experienced at this time. If these emotions become too difficult to deal with, it is important to seek professional assistance.
Often, it’s not only the newly diagnosed who may require time to adjust to the diagnosis, but family and friends may also need time to deal with the news. You may be one of the many people who support someone with diabetes. You may need to work through these feelings and find a place where you feel comfortable discussing them.
The diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes involves complex recommendations, including healthy eating, physical activity, medication, blood glucose management and weight control, which all play a part in working to avoid diabetes-related complications.
Family and friends are an important part of everyday life but when someone has diabetes that encouragement and support can become vital.
Live your life!
The following points are designed to help you:
Learn about type 2 diabetes and its treatment
Attend an education session (Speak with your GP or to Diabetes NSW)
Obtain and read educational material from a recognised source such as Diabetes NSW
Become a member of Diabetes NSW and receive ongoing information and support
Remain aware of diabetes management recommendations
Take time to discuss feelings
Share how you feel (through family, friends, professional counselling)
Listen to your loved ones’ concerns
Talk with your health care provider (GP, Diabetes Educator)
Do something that you enjoy
Avoid unrealistic expectations
Perfect behaviour is not possible
Realistic expectations create positive feelings
Raised blood glucose levels are not always behaviour-related
Provide effective support
Be aware everyone has a different experience with diabetes
Be aware of personal treatment recommendations
Have a good laugh together – humour is a great medicine!
Join a diabetes support group
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