As many experts predict that diabetes will be the number three biggest killer in the world within 20 or 30 years there is a growing need to put in place a support network for diabetics and prediabetics. The ability to speak to people with professional experience and those who have been there, done it and lived through diabetes is invaluable but when you hear those immortal words that you “have diabetes” where do you start?
Your mind will be flustered, your life will be changing, your friends and family would be worried and there will be simple questions you have in your mind that you struggle to find the answers to. There are a number of options available for those suffering from diabetes and those perhaps on the verge of developing full-blown diabetes.
The medical profession
Doctors are more approachable today than they ever have been and have at their own disposal an array of different networks which can offer you assistance and guidance. Upon first hearing that you have diabetes, or perhaps you are at the pre-diabetes stage, you should ask as many questions as you need answers to. They may be simple questions which you feel a little silly asking, but the reality is that by not asking questions you can very often worry for no reason.
Quote from DiabetesForum.com : “The presence of posttraumatic stress disorder is significantly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg who worked with data from the population-based KORA cohort study.”
The online arena
There are thousands upon thousands of diabetic forums and websites available today offering you the latest information, news from the medical industry and also guidance and help from people who’ve been there, done it and worn the T-shirt. There are obvious warnings about taking online advice at face value from one individual but very soon you will realise the better diabetic forums and websites.
It may just be the simplest piece of advice from a fellow diabetic which puts your mind at rest, allows you to sit back and relax and look to your future with hope. The fact is that diabetes is a manageable and a treatable condition and it is not inevitable that it will ever be life-threatening. There may be situations where you are more at risk, such as when your blood glucose levels move dramatically, but on the whole it is certainly manageable going forward.
For those who perhaps like to speak to individuals face-to-face about diabetes, the side-effects and how it may change your life, there are an array of diabetic charities and support networks. These charities and support networks cover Australia to America, Latin America to the Far East and everything else in between. The fact is that diabetes is a worldwide phenomenon, a worldwide issue and a worldwide problem therefore wherever in the world you are living there will be a support network near to you.
Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes one of the major problems can emerge in your mind as opposed to physical changes you need to make to your life. The prescribing of insulin and other medicines to help manage your condition is fairly straightforward but very often you might have trouble “getting your mind” around diabetes. Ask questions, do your own research and ask questions and do your own research again. Nobody will ever blame you for asking too many questions because eventually the answers will put your mind at rest and allow you to look forward.
The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.