Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a frightening and lonely time. After getting over the initial shock many people are unsure about how to move forward with their lives. One thing is for sure – you are not alone. Many millions of people have gone through the same thing and have found a way to readjust their lives and make the most of it.
The first thing to do is get educated about the best way to manage and reduce the effects of the disease. This means getting your diet in order and learning about the proper nutrition to combat the disease. You’ll also need to adjust your exercising, or start exercising if you haven’t already, and blend this in with any medications you may be taking.
Let’s take a look at what exactly is diabetes and how it
effects your body. When you eat sugary foods or carbohydrates these foods are
broken down into glucose. Glucose is used by the body for energy. It’s not the
only energy source for the body, in fact it’s not even the most efficient. Fat
is a far more efficient source of energy for the body but that’s another story.
When the food you eat is broken down into glucose your body releases insulin in
order to deal with this sugar. Ordinarily enough insulin is produced to be able
to make use of all of the sugar in your bloodstream. When too many
carbohydrates are consumed for too long this system can shut down and the body
stops producing insulin or only produces very little. The glucose stays in your
bloodstream which can lead to all kinds of damage and illnesses.
Before taking definitive steps you’ll want to know exactly
where you stand. It’s best to get a complete evaluation from your local doctor
or specialist so you can take all the tests that you need to take. You’ll also
want to speak with a well-informed nutritionist who can keep you up to speed on
the kinds of foods you should be eating in order to get your body back to
Physical activity needs to be a part of your daily life.
This will help to improve your blood circulation and also improve the working
of your insulin. Try to build muscle with resistance and weight bearing
exercises as well.
As well as staying physically active it’s also important to
stay socially active as well. Keep a well-balanced circle of friends and make
sure you get out and socialize every now and again. This will help to lower
stress, reduce negative thoughts and keep you feeling better about life. Keep
all these tips in mind and stay positive about your life.