3 Things to Do When You're Diagnosed with Diabetes

So the doctor said it: the D-word you were dreading to hear. Don’t panic! Diabetics who take care of themselves can live a long and normal life. The sooner you start, the better!

1. Get the Facts
It's important to understand what this disease can do to your body, and-- more importantly-- how you can prevent complications. Get literature from your doctor and start doing your research or take a diabetes education class.

2. Begin a Diet and Exercise Regime
Eating right, losing weight and exercising can not only help keep your diabetes under control, in some cases it can reverse type 2 diabetes. Start slowly, by keeping track of your food, measuring portions or starting a daily walk.

3. Become Aware of Your Blood Sugar
Grab a blood sugar testing kit and start testing in the morning and at different times of the day. Keep notes on how the foods you eat or your activities affect your blood sugar.

Diabetes won’t ruin your life—it just takes a few lifestyle modifications to help you manage it. Once it’s under control, you won’t believe how good you feel.

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