So, you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and at first it feels rather scary. Perhaps your mind is filled with worries of having to change your lifestyle around or maybe it feels like it is going to be too hard, or too much work. These are all normal thoughts and worries but it doesn’t have to be like this. Learning how to cope with diabetes is essential to your journey and it will help alleviate some of the anxiety that is associated with it. 

 

First and foremost, it is important to learn about diabetes. How can you feel less anxious about it, if you do not know much about it? Start by learning quick facts so that you start to familiarize yourself with it. Ask your doctor as many questions as you need in order to feel educated. 

 

Get enthusiastic about nutrition! Eating well is half the battle with diabetes. Incorporate a more healthy approach to your diet and it will get you far in your treatment journey. We share a great breakfast recipe here. Pre-planning your meals will also save you in the long run because it makes eating the right food easy. Spending one day a week planning out or even meal-prepping it will make it easy to grab, heat up, and eat your healthy and satisfying meal! Pre-planning can also help you in terms of giving into your cravings (in moderation) if you have a sweet tooth, you can still enjoy sweets but they do have to be planned out. There are also great sweets recipes that are catered to diabetics. For example, chocolate avocado muffins are perfect for our sweet tooth diabetics out there.  

 

Visit your doctor as much as you need to. Don’t skip the appointments, it is important to go to your routine checks. This also goes for appointments with therapists for your mental health, having someone to talk to can help you process your emotions more easily. 

 

Enjoy your life! It is important to make sure you are happy and healthy!

 
Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M.
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