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Four Tips on Being a “Newbie”

If you have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it certainly can feel overwhelming. First of all, know that you are not alone. There are more than a million new cases of type 2 diabetes being diagnosed every year. Here are some professional tips on how you can start this “adventure” on the right foot.

    Meet with a certified diabetes educator

    Ask your doctor for a referral for sessions with a diabetes educator. There may be an educator that works right in your doctor’s office, and group type meetings are often free. You can find a diabetes educator near you through the American Association of Diabetes Educators website.

    Know your numbers

    Checking your blood sugar levels is very helpful information that will help guide you with your diabetes management. At least in the beginning it’s important to know how your blood sugar readings react with food, exercise, stress and simply your daily living. Checking only in the morning doesn’t give you the full picture. Start by checking in pairs (before meals and two hours after eating), before and after exercise; and any time you aren’t feeling well (whether it is a feeling of your reading being elevated or low).Use the information to make changes in your routine.

    Be consistent

    Design your lifestyle around consistency in eating meals, taking your medications and being active. It’s easier to see patterns in your blood sugar readings (and make beneficial changes) if you are consistent with your lifestyle.

    Be balanced

    Eat meals that are balanced with nutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat). Choose healthy carbohydrates (fruit, whole grains, milk, yogurt or beans), protein (poultry, cheese, eggs, fish, nut butter, lean beef or pork) and fat (margarine, nuts, mayonnaise, avocado) at every meal.

    Managing diabetes isn’t simple – we all learn something every day. The important thing is to just commit yourself to doing the best you can.

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