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What Are Ways To Help You Cope With Type 2 Diabetes?

Even though type 2 diabetes is a medical condition, it can also impact your personal well-being. You may have heard the term psychosocial when discussing the impact of diabetes. This refers to the effect the disease can have on your psychological state and your social relationships.

Understandably, having diabetes can make you feel different. Everything from taking medicines, to not being able to eat some of the same foods as your friends, to looking and feeling different, can take a toll on your emotions.

Diabetes can also impact the lifestyle and emotions of your family. Your daily routine and that of your family may now revolve around your disease. Plus, you're spending a lot more time seeing doctors. You may be worried about hypoglycemia, checking your blood glucose levels regularly and eating the right foods. Maybe you feel ashamed or embarrassed about your diagnosis or you feel guilty because you don't always stick to your treatment plan. Having conflicting emotions is normal but they don't have to last forever. It's important to develop skills in how you and your family cope with the stress of diabetes management.

Here are some strategies to cope with these various emotions and to help you find ways to fit diabetes management into your life so that it doesn't get in the way of living.

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Last Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 13:31:34
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