As a new type 2 diabetic, it is important that you think carefully about your new everyday life. Diabetes does not go away once it has been diagnosed. It is a disease you will have to live with for the rest of your life – a new condition of life, a new companion.
You can easily have diabetes and have had it for many years without noticing the disease. Therefore, it can also come as a shock to some and be difficult to recognise that they have diabetes, even though the diagnosis has been made.
But even though it may take time to understand that you have a chronic illness, if you recognize the illness and take care of yourself, you will have a quicker everyday life. Therefore, it is important that both in the short and long term, you get the necessary decisions about your life and your everyday life – and afterwards comply with them. Then you are well on your way to a good life with your diabetes.
Have your surroundings with you
Tell your loved ones – family, friends, colleagues – about your diabetes so they can understand how important it is for you to have new habits when it comes to food, physical activity, smoking and alcohol. Maybe it's hard to get your loved ones to understand that you have to make some essential decisions about your lifestyle. Nevertheless, and for this very reason, it is important that you tell them about your diabetes and the decisions you need to make.
Some patients feel that they are responsible for their own illness. But the term lifestyle disease is not aimed at the individual. From time immemorial we have been built for a physically active life with a rough and relatively unprocessed diet, but today the sedentary life with calorie-rich food has become commonplace.