While being diagnosed with diabetes can be a frightening thing, the good news is that you can still live a normal life by making some key changes to your habits. It will still affect you medically, but you can control your health, rather than letting it control you.
A healthy diet is key to enjoying a normal life with diabetes. If your doctor or other healthcare provider hasn’t provided you with information on the right diet, ask for it and don’t be afraid to ask questions, such as where to obtain certain foods if they’re hard to find in your area. Know which foods are healthy and which aren’t. If you need to, keep a food diary so that you can track everything you eat and drink, in case problems need to be identified later.
Drink lots of water. It’s important to stay hydrated, but you need to avoid both sugary beverages and artificially flavored drinks, instead focusing on water and naturally decaffeinated herbal teas.
Get regular exercise. Ask your healthcare provider how much exercise you should get according to your particular situation. Follow his or her instructions and experiment to find the activity that you like the most if you need to.