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, it will help you get on track and move toward a healthier lifestyle. Hit the ground running and 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.
First things first, 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 also 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.
Importantly, 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. The Medi-Weightloss® Program can provide you with nutrition and exercise education you need to help you lose weight and improve your overall health. Our providers will work alongside your PCP to ensure that you are on track to living your healthiest life and actively working on reversing your diagnosis. Don’t waste another minute, find a location near you to learn more about our program and how our providers can help you get healthy!