After receiving a diabetes diagnosis, many people fear that they will no longer be able to live a normal life. However, there are numerous ways to cope with the disease, says the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

If you view your diagnosis as a challenge rather than a dark rain cloud that will follow you on a day-to-day basis it will help you get on track toward a healthier lifestyle. Next, take proactive steps to make sure you receive the help you need. Failing to seek treatment for diabetes and its related complications can result in permanent damage to your body.

Enlist the help of a highly qualified group of healthcare professionals. Your primary care physician will be aware of many of the issues you are likely to face as you begin to address the disease. Your PCP will be able to provide information on living with diabetes as well as resources that can help you better manage the disease.

A nurse educator can be beneficial, according to the ADA. This individual can help you identify complications that may be arising as a result of the disease and equip you with the tools to treat symptoms.

You may also want the guidance of a registered dietitian or nutritionist as you learn to manage your diabetes. This health professional can assist you in making healthy food choices that will help you maintain your blood glucose levels on a daily basis.

The ADA also notes that just a 5-10% decrease in body weight can improve insulin sensitivity, decrease fasting glucose concentrations, and reduce the need for some diabetes medications.

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease. You must see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.