This article is about how my husband and I faced his diagnosis of Diabetes and the ways we tackled it. To us Diabetes is not to be dramatised or diminished. In my experience it requires a calm logical approach. This is something your family will be coping with and dealing with for a long time. At first we felt all at sea and lost but we got to grips with it. You wont always get it right and we all make mistakes but there is help and guidance.
So you have found out that your loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes. You will have a million questions yet if you are like most of us you forgot to ask any of them of the doctor who delivered the news. If he or she was a good Doctor they will have told you the relevant things but could you take it in at the time. I know I didn't....
It was totally unexpected..... Looking back yes he did have the symptoms but we didn't recognise them. We reeled and then rallied . We had to get to grips with it and quickly so this article is about how we tackled it and what we did.
My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes so that is what I will be mainly talking about here. I have his permission to write about this. I hope some of it may be useful to you.
Are you managing diabetes yourself or supporting someone with diabetes? Love to hear any of your suggestions.
Thank you so much ! I totally agree it is for the person with diabetes to manage it, we can offer support . It is a far more serious condition than most people realise with life changing complications. It is also not an easy condition to live with and I feel for anyone who has to . Sadly diabetes cases are rising.
This is something my husband was diagnosed with years ago, and though all of the good information here is wonderful, as well as the knowledge that I have, the person with the diabetes has to want to cooperate and make the needed changes...therein lies our challenge:-) This is a serious disease, and if unchecked, in some years the body will react negatively in serious ways, we are living that to some degree now. The information you provide here is wonderful!
Thank you ! Yes I wrote it in the hope that it would be helpful to others. Now we are further down the road Yes you can still have a good life- a great life-with diabetes, you do need to take more care though.
I am sure there will be many diabetics who will be aided by all of the information you have offered here. My grandmother was diabetic and it is life changing for everyone around. I loved the subheading you wrote, "Plan for Living Well with Diabetes". Truly excellent advice!
Thank you I appreciate that. Yes I agree a patient and calm approach is necessary and helpful along with all the lifestyle changes.
It is not an easy task to have your loved one diagnosed with a disease. A patient and calm approach helps solve the issue. Diet and exercise, a life style change is also required. Family members have to pitch in to offer support and courage. Well - written article.
Thank you nightbear. Yes a diagnosis of diabetes is not an easy thing to deal with and it does require a lot of lifestyle changes.I hope you are doing OK. I am glad you feel the article is useful and helpful.
My recent diagnosis of Diabetes type 2 was a bit of a surprise but not completely unexpected since my mother was also diabetic. The life style change is a lot of common since decisions and making choices. But none of it is easy. This article was very useful and helpful and I appreciate the effort you put into it. It will help all of us. thank you
Thank you Dustytoes I appreciate that. Yes its a big change but it can be done, well it has to be done. So we tried to approach it positively. Not always easy have to admit but we adjust. I do hope its helpful for others going through this.
This is an encouraging page for anyone suddenly facing a diagnosis of diabetes. It does force you to change your lifestyle.