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Old 03-09-2016, 17:32   #1
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I see a lot of new members and I currently talk with people a lot offline, in various other social media settings. This got me to thinking, if there is one piece of advice you could offer someone just diagnosed with diabetes, what would it be?

I think the one thing I would tell someone newly diagnosed is that while it is very overwhelming now, it does calm down a little bit, as to where you feel more in control, as you gain knowledge and experience in blood sugar control.

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What a great topic, Mary!

My advice is...

You are so much stronger than you think you are!

You do not have to allow diabetes to control you. You can choose to take that control back.

Don't be afraid to question what your doctor (or anyone else) tells you.

Educate yourself and make your own decisions.
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As others above have already said, learn, knowledge is power. Thats one part. Look for, and join a forum or forums where you can get some excellent real practical advice. You will also get a sense of proportion re your new situation or status. You will be surrounded by many good people willing to give you support ,especially in what can be the sometimes tough adjustment period.
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I see a lot of new members and I currently talk with people a lot offline, in various other social media settings. This got me to thinking, if there is one piece of advice you could offer someone just diagnosed with diabetes, what would it be?

I think the one thing I would tell someone newly diagnosed is that while it is very overwhelming now, it does calm down a little bit, as to where you feel more in control, as you gain knowledge and experience in blood sugar control.

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I agree with everyone, and knowledge is such a big part. I would also say that while folks are adjusting their eating habits, don't get discouraged! Its easy to get frustrated with a new way of eating, whether its LCHF, reducing calories, or whatever method(s) chosen. Persistence is definitely a key factor!
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This is an easily controlled condition. It is not the end of the world, even if it feels like it is right now.

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1. You are diabetic and it is a disease that you cannot cure and it can kill you!

2. Someday it maybe a curable condition, but currently modern medicine can only control it with drugs, coupled with diet and exercise. Unfortunately, some of the medications can be as dangerous as the disease and the drug companies push these drugs at the doctors aggressively.

3. New knowledge indicates that this disease can be controlled by learning to manage what you can eat and what you cannot eat. Couple this with medications that are proven to be relatively safe and you can learn to take control of this disease. You still will die some day, but not from diabetes if you learn and do in fact control this disease. You can take control and not let the disease control you....

Sorry, I am kind of a realist! No sugar coating, slap them in the face then give them the good news....

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Free yourself from food addiction and never underestimate how powerful it is. I have family members who need to drastically change the way they eat for reasons other than diabetes. It boggle my mind how difficult this is for most people. They intend to do something like say LC/HF or totally eliminate wheat for a month to test if they may have a sensitivity or even celiac, BUT THEY JUST CAN'T DO IT.

It is critical to learn to stop living to eat and learn to eat to live - in good health. Apparently, this drive seems to be stronger and more difficult to overcome than heroin or crack.

Why is it so hard? I REALLY don't get it. We need to make that connect: eating this will have a, b and c negative consequences. WHY would you insist on eating it after knowing that? We are truly a nation of addicts. It's really sad.

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