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So You've Been Diagnosed With Diabetes: Here's What You Need To Do

Diabetes is on the rise nationally. The chances are constantly growing that we may develop it at some point in our lives. So what happens once you have been diagnosed? Your doctor will certainly give you all the medication that you need, plus they should have a lot of literature for you to read. Here’s how you can help yourself after a diabetes diagnosis.


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Type 1 Diabetes

  • Insulin Injections
  • Life Insurance

With type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce any insulin. This is a chemical that is needed to break down the amount of sugar in the blood. If you have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, then you will likely have to inject yourself with insulin on a regular basis. Your diabetes care team will help you learn how to give yourself these injections. Most of the time, the injections are given via an injection pen, which is much easier than using a needle and syringe. You will probably have to have three to four injections each day.
Many people think that it is impossible to get a life insurance cover if you have an underlying condition. But, thankfully, this is no longer the case. You can even get life insurance if you are a diabetic. You just need to do your homework and find an insurance broker who covers people with long-term illnesses. For more information, visit: http://www.claybrooke.org.uk/diabetes-life-insurance

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Type 2 Diabetes
  • Diet Changes
With type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin. However, it is not enough for the body to regulate blood sugar levels effectively. Unlike type 1 diabetes, those who suffer from type 2 won’t be required to inject insulin daily. They will just have to regulate their diet. Those who have type 2 diabetes should stay away from sugary foods, as this will cause blood sugar levels to spike. A healthy and balanced diet is advised. However, if sufferers ever suffer from very low blood sugar levels, they can perk themselves up with a small chocolate bar.
  • Get Used To Testing
Patients will be required to test their own blood sugar levels every day. This is very important as it gives you the chance to notice patterns in the levels. You can see how your blood sugar is affected by what you eat and how much exercise you get. You can then change your lifestyle accordingly. Just after your diagnosis, you should check your levels fairly often. Once you have a good idea of what affects things, you can just test once a day or however often your doctor recommends. You can pick up a blood test kit for diabetics in most good drug stores: http://www.boots.com/en/Pharmacy-Health/Health-shop/Diabetes/Diabetes-shop/ 

Coming to terms with your diagnosis will be an uphill struggle. And you could find the lifestyle changes very challenging at first. Over time, though, you will learn to live with the condition. Remember that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are the best medication.