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How to Take Care of Your Type 2 Diabetes

Taking Care of Yourself Mentally, Emotionally, and in Other Ways

Not only is it important for those with type 2 diabetes to take care of themselves by eating right and exercising, but it's also important not to forget to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally. Many people can have an extremely difficult time dealing with this diagnosis, making life tougher than it already is. The changes you need to make to control this medical condition must come from within yourself.
Although it's normal and justified to feel discouraged by this diagnosis, take heart in knowing that you hold a lot of control and power over it. You can manage your blood sugar levels by taking the steps, one at a time, to start eating healthier, losing some weight (if needed), and becoming more physically active.
Once this new lifestyle becomes a habit, you will see and feel the results of your hard work. All these things will add up to significant long-term benefits, including preventing and delaying serious complications that may come with type 2 diabetes.
If you feel you are becoming overwhelmed, seek support from your healthcare provider, friends, family, counselors, or those who are walking along a similar path as you. These people are your support system and a great source of encouragement to help keep you going toward your health goals.
Some other things that can help you to take care of yourself include being aware of signs of problems. For instance, because diabetes can cause diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), it's important to check your body for signs of problems. Those with diabetic neuropathy may have numbness in their feet, which can prevent them from noticing if they have a cut or sore on their foot. While this may not be a major concern for most people, for those with type 2 diabetes, this can lead to severe infections and possibly even amputation.
Also, smoking can make diabetes worse. If you smoke, talk to your healthcare provider about some of the ways you can effectively stop smoking.
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