Newly Diagnosed: What to do?

Yes2life’s steps on how to move on

Step 1:

Learn as much about diabetes as possible. Most people don’t know much at first, so this is not easy. Get support from family and friends to help you deal with the diagnosis.

Ensure that you get information from credible sources and websites as there might be a lot of misleading information on the web.

Step 2:

Start a routine. Keeping a routine when you have diabetes can help ensure adherence to diabetes management. Routines help establish consistency in blood glucose levels and reduce the risk for severe blood glucose fluctuations.

To implement a successful routine when you have diabetes, gain a good understanding of what major factors influence blood glucose levels, so you can keep them in mind while building your routine. Some major factors that influence blood glucose levels include:

  • food/meals
  • physical activity
  • diabetes medications and/or insulin
  • Illness, stress, hormone levels also have a significant effect on blood glucose levels

Make sure that you understand how your medication works to lower your blood glucose levels. It will make it easier for you to plan your daily routine around when to eat, exercise and take your medication.

Step 3:

Start using the Yes2Life website to help you understand diabetes, improve your lifestyle and monitor your blood glucose. Get the facts about diabetes and learn how you can stop diabetes myths and misconceptions.

There is no such thing as ‘mild’ diabetes. Diabetes is always serious. If it is left untreated or is not well managed, the high levels of blood glucose associated with diabetes can slowly damage both the fine nerves and the small and large blood vessels in the body, resulting in a variety of complications.

You don’t have to deal with this alone. Reach out to diabetes support groups where you can meet people living with diabetes who you can share your journey with. The yes2life social media pages (facebook, twitter, Instagram) is a good place to start. Also check our events page for events where you can meet people that can make your journey with diabetes easier.

06 September 2020

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