Being diagnosed with Diabetes feels unlike anything most people have ever experienced. You feel like you body has betrayed you. You feel like your world is coming to an end, you have been given a death sentence. You suddenly feel inferior, like you have an inferior body and all these years you never noticed. You feel worse than all the above put together.
It is time to dispel these feelings. Sure being diagnosed with diabetes rocks your world, and not in a good way. Once you quit feeling sorry for yourself and get with the program, you will find yourself living your best life yet.
Diabetes has its limiters. No one will say the first six months to a year are easy. You are being forced to change your whole world and it is not easy, putting it mildly. After you get through your fist year, you start to relax and start to love again.
All those foods and bad habits you gave up were bad for you anyways. Begone bad habits. Now if you follow your Doctors advice, you feel a whole lot better and you live a whole better.
You are eating right. You are getting regular exercise. You feel good. Let's face it, if diabetes didn't get you, your heart probably would. Hearts give little or no warnings around the time most people are diagnosed with diabetes. Your sitting at your desk, walking down the street, laying in bed and BOOM. You have ceased to exist. No real warning, no notice, thump and you are gone. Makes diabetes a walk in the park on a sunny day in comparison.
The first year though is tough. The first Month is tougher. Feeling lost, hungry, don't know what to eat, getting sick from your medication are all typical in my experience. I collected some links on fallacies about diabetes and how to manage Diabetes the best way you can. Diabetes is not the end of your world. It's the start of the rest of your life.
"Although there's no cure for type 2 diabetes, studies show it's possible for some people to reverse it. Through diet changes and weight loss, you may be able to reach and hold normal blood sugar levels without medication.
This doesn't mean you're completely cured. Type 2 diabetes is an ongoing disease..."
The key take away phrasing in the above quote is, "it's possible for some people to reverse it." It is possible to be vegetarian, live to over 100, run marathons, graduate school with straight A's. What is possible should not be confused with what is probable. The probability of reversing diabetes is probably close to the probability of being hit by lightning. It happens, but it is not a frequent occurrence.
“After about 24 hours of fasting or no carbohydrate intake, the liver glycogen stores are not available,” explains Smithson. “Our muscles need insulin for them to get glucose into the cells, so a person with diabetes may have elevated blood glucose readings when omitting carbs.”
"Measuring blood sugar looks at the short term, immediate effect of food. But over time, eating a diet of mostly or only meat can have long-term health consequences, she says."
“When you go meat only, you’re missing a lot of nutrients, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. And you’re getting very large amounts of saturated fat,” Long Gillespie tells Healthline."
Besides being very expensive, and boring, eating only meat, subjects your body to
a wide variety of new potentially serious health problems.
"Weight gain. High-protein diets may tout weight loss, but this type of weight loss may only be short-term.
Increased cancer risk.
"Athletic prowess doesn't make you immune to type 1 or type 2 diabetes."
A few of the worlds best athletes become diagnosed with Diabetes. These are people who have spent their lives in perpetual training. Exercise is one of the most important disease levelers, but it is also almost impossible for most people to reverse Diabetes. We live in the real world, with real jobs, real stress, and real commitments. Diabetes does not give one the option to step out of life, and totally focus on exercising diabetes away.
You can not make informed decisions on how to treat your diabetes by what going on what you think. You should become well versed on yourself and diabetes, both emotionally and physically. Your diabetes is not the same as other people with diabetes.
"1. Get the Facts.
2. Accept your feelings.
3. Maintain a balanced perspective
4. Be realistic
5. Try new things
6. Develop a strong support network."
The main issue with Diabetes is your cells refusal to take in sugar because your pancreas is no longer producing insulin, not that you eat carbohydrates.
"Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces."
Diabetes is not something you can "fix" by yourself. We can not control our pancreas, and we cannot force the cells of our body to accept sugar (glucose) energy. You need to take your medicine and follow your Doctors instructions.
Diabetes is one of the most emotionally devastating diseases we live long term with. The key take away is we can live with diabetes and enjoy life in the process. Sure, you have to make some serious life changes, yet most of these changes are not difficult, they only take time.
Eat protein in moderation
Cut out sugary drinks
Watch the added sugar
Get a skin care routine
Ask for help
Each of the above are building blocks of your new life with after a diabetes diagnosis. At first you may be knocked off your feet. This is normal, and you will adjust and survive. The rest of the lifestyle changes are things we should have been doing all along, but life, "got in the way".
It is time to be selfish. Taking care of yourself is the number one priority in your new life. If you do not take care of yourself, how can you take care of the others in your life.
Eating correctly at first seems impossible. So does consistent exercise. Remember that up to now, we have spent our life mindlessly eating whatever we want, rarely exercising, staying stressed, breathing chemically polluted air we have no control over. We can not fix all these things, but we can learn to do and enjoy those things we can manage, and treat our bodies as it was meant to be treated.
Diabetes is not the end of the world though it may feel like it is initially. Listen to the news today and pay attention to how many people have died from Covid-19 today and in the last months. Anyone of those people would gladly trade your Diabetes diagnosis for what happened to them.
This post is a collection of the best advice I know of that can be put in a short post. This is not medical advice and I am not an expert. You need to listen to and work with your Doctor, work with your body, work with your mind. Do not expect miracles, but do expect you will live a long healthy life now that you have been diagnosed with Diabetes.
After all, the health and medical care you will receive from here on out, is a thousand times better than the medical care you have treated yourself to up until now. Diabetes is not the end of life, Diabetes can be the beginning of a healthier, fuller life if you choose.