7 Things to Do After Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

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Getting diagnosed with diabetes can be a shattering experience, but it’s not something you have to handle alone.

Other people have been where you are now, and they’ve gotten through it. It’s just a matter of finding the right resources. If you’re wondering how to live with diabetes, it starts by following these steps.

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Supporting Individuals Diagnosed with Diabetes

Worried mature couple with doctorDiabetes can be a difficult illness to manage by yourself. If one of your loved ones has recently been diagnosed with this condition, it’s understandable that they might feel upset, scared or confused.

But there are ways you can help them cope with their diagnosis, and help them understand their new lifestyle. In this blog post, we’ll look at some ways of supporting individuals diagnosed with diabetes.

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How to Take Early Control of Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a diagnosis that stays with you for the rest of your life. But by taking the right measures early on, people with diabetes can live longer and healthier.

According to the National Institutes of Health, people who have type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood sugar early in their illness are likely to outlive those who do not.

“The outlook for people with type 1 diabetes continues to improve,” said
Catherine Cowie, Ph.D., of NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which funded the study, released in 2015. “These results show that by tightly controlling their blood glucose, people with type 1 diabetes can live longer.”

Once known as “juvenile diabetes”, type 1 typically affects younger people and occurs when the body does not make insulin. People who have type 1 must take daily doses of insulin to live.

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Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure For Diabetics

Controlling diabetic blood pressureWhile Creative Care makes its living selling diabetic support socks, we like to use this space to provide a different kind of support to people with diabetes.

We know that living with diabetes can mean dealing with several other health issues, including high blood pressure. Hypertension affects two-thirds of all diabetics, and can lead to more serious problems – like strokes and heart attacks – if left uncontrolled.

That’s why we’ve compiled these tips from The Cleveland Clinic and WebMD for keeping your blood pressure low when you have diabetes:

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Best Exercises for Active Diabetics

Diabetic woman holds up a glaucometerOur business here is diabetic compression socks, but we want the people who wear them to lead happy, healthy lives.

Part of that is getting enough exercise. We all need to exercise, but when you have diabetes, the need for exercise takes on new importance.

It’s so important that the American Diabetes Association suggests people with diabetes never go more than two days without getting some aerobic exercise.

The National Institutes of Health says patients with diabetes should aim for two and half hours of exercise every week. If you’re living with diabetes, here are five exercises recommended by the Cleveland Clinic:

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