Have you just been told you have type 2 diabetes and your head is spinning with questions?

In the short time your doctor had with you there was so much that needed to be communicated.

Unfortunately it may not have been addressed or you were so overwhelmed you missed it all. If this is the case for you or a loved one, check out the list below of the 10 Important Things Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Diabetes.

Diabetes doesn’t have to be a death sentence for good dining and good living but it can be a wake-up call that can spur you on to make choices that can help you experience life more fully. Let me help you enjoy good food & good health by signing up for a Diabetes Wellness Coaching package now.

10 Important Things Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Diabetes.

  1. You don’t have to follow a diet perfectly.

Just eating a little less starchy and sweet foods at each meal and snack can help your blood sugar level come down. Swapping out some of the sweet beverages like soda, tea and juices for unsweetened versions can make a big difference too.

  1. Stop sitting and start moving after a meal or snack.

5-10 minutes of movement such as walking, dancing or house cleaning can help your body use the carbohydrates in your meal and result in better blood sugar levels. Try putting on some fun music and dance your way through the dish washing and clean up after a meal.

  1. Enjoy your meals at a consistent time each day.

Keep your meals enjoyable but aim for the same amount of starch and /or sweets at each meal. Do not save the starch or sweet from one meal and double up at the next.

  1. Pain and stress can raise your blood glucose temporarily.

If this is happening to you, let your doctor or a member of your health care team know. They can direct you to resources to help you manage the pain or stress.

  1. You are more likely to experience some degree of depression now.

If you feel hopeless, blue, overwhelmed, a little down or find yourself with no motivation or energy to start making changes, you may be dealing with depression.  This may not just “go away” so talk with someone on your healthcare team to help you manage this so you can move forward with getting healthy and managing your diabetes.

  1. Over time you may need more than just “diet and exercise” or your current medication routine to manage your diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, so even if you are doing everything correctly now, over time, a change in lifestyle and medications may be needed. It’s not your fault.

  1. Being prescribed a medication or insulin is not a sign that you’ve screwed up.

These medications may do more than just improve your blood sugar, they can help prevent additional health problems like a heart attack. Make a commitment to take them consistently. If something is preventing you from taking them let your doctor know. There may be another option.

  1. Your health insurance plan may only cover certain diabetes medications.

Let your doctor know if the one prescribed to you is not covered. There may be another option. Ultimately, not taking your medication can lead to health problems that will be even more expensive to manage.

  1. Sugary residue on your hands from handling cut fruit could affect your blood sugar test.

Wash your hands or use an antibacterial wipe before testing your own blood sugar.

  1. You can be healthier and enjoy life more now that you have type 2 diabetes.