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On Preventing Diabetic Complications

Categories: Lifestyle, Wellness

Millions of Americans live with diabetes, but the question is – what are you doing to manage it?  Preventing complications depends highly upon what you do with the information that you are given when diagnosed.  So what it comes down to is simply attitude – will you be defeated? Or will you fight for yourself and a healthy future?  Family and friends are hoping and depending on the latter.

Acceptance

Blaming circumstance is fruitless when there are things you can do to keep from becoming a victim of your diagnosis.  The  Joslin Diabetes Center gives out medals each year to those who have not only survived living with diabetes for 25, 50, or 75 years – but, they have thrived.  And you can too! Once past the initial shock of a diagnosis and the barrage of info on changing your habits, it’s up to you to implement those changes.  And the best part is…

You are not alone

There are dozens of forums with people ready to support you.  There are apps that can help make management more of a game than a chore.  Today it is easier than ever to gather the support you need to implement healthy diet, exercise, and stress reduction techniques.  Just remember that the first step is usually the hardest – but it is well worth it if you are looking to keep from having complications in the future; even including depression.

Into action

So take a small step at first and jump into a forum or even just step outside for a walk.  Wherever you start, take time to celebrate the bravery it takes to fight – no matter your current circumstances.  Each step forward is a victory even though the rewards may not be immediate.  Getting involved in a community is the best way to be reminded (often!) of the reasons you need to slowly make healthy changes.  So fight on! Get connected and get into action.  We wish you the best on your journey and are here to support you here at DiabeticCare.com!

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By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 10-30-2013, 7:30 AM

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