For some, a recently positive diabetes diagnosis feels like their whole world just came crashing down. All of a sudden, you’re now carrying this burden that could have easily have been avoided had you simply stuck to the right diet, or maybe listened to that family member who told you to go easy on the cupcakes during the holidays. There may be some truth to this; but for some, diabetes is a genetic disorder just lying in the shadows, waiting to manifest sooner or later!
Which begs the question; are you newly diagnosed and feel like life as you know it has ended? Well, first of all, relax. It’s not the end of the world. In fact, if managed properly, you can live a healthy life for years to come despite being a diabetic! But it’s important to be a ray of sunshine after coming to this realization. And to help you do so, here are three awesome facts to keep you positive as you begin your journey with diabetes treatment!
You’re not the only one.
With this new diagnosis, you might feel like you’re the only one who got the short end of the stick on this whole planet. But the truth is, you are simply joining a group of more than 25 million Americans today! It might not be as cool as the sorority that you once were in on campus (heck, it’s not even cool at all), but at least you know there’s someone out there who is currently sharing a similar emotional experience with you. In fact, according to statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are an estimated 29 million Americans living with diabetes today. Around the globe, it’s estimated to be around 280 million, but that number could rise exponentially to 500 million by 2030!
So let’s look at the bright side of this whole situation; with so many people living with the disease, health experts are breaking their backs to discover new and excellent health care methods, as well as gather their efforts towards finding that elusive diabetes cure!
You can finally transform your lifestyle.
Okay, so maybe you were backed into a corner with this diagnosis. But it’s up to you to fight your way out. The mind is an obedient servant but a terrible teacher. Simply put, if you let yourself wallow in misery because of your newfound discovery, things might go from ‘meh’ to worse! For example, say you were a habitual drinker before the diagnosis; you know, the proverbial weekend drink with the boys or girls night out, or maybe a glass of wine before bed (we all have our poison, don’t we?). And then all of a sudden, you find out you’ve got this life-threatening disorder and if you don’t do something about it now, it’s curtains for you! For some, they might decide to take the low road, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them visiting an Alcohol Anonymous group session in a couple of months. But for others, going the high road might actually make them live a longer, more splendid and spectacular lifestyle! Heck, they immediately quit the bottle, start eating healthy, exercise regularly, and get into great shape. Before you know it, they are actually 10 times healthier and happier than they were before finding out they were diabetic. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be among the thousands of success stories today?
There’s virtually no stigma when it comes to diabetes
So inwardly, you might be thinking, “Oh jeez, now that I’m a diabetic, what will Eric think of me?” Well, good news pal, when it comes to diabetes, there’s virtually no stigma! Yeah, a few of your buddies might give you that pitiful look, but it’s up to you to prove them wrong and that you can still hold your own in a one-on-one basketball game. In fact, nothing’s really changed about you except that your pancreas decided it wasn’t going to be part of the program anymore. Hmm, let’s even put this into perspective. Have you ever heard of someone being ditched on a date because they couldn’t indulge as heartily on a fudge cake at the coffee shop? Nope, and if there are cases like that out there, then humanity has failed us! If anything, the only person that’s going to be pissed is the barista; you just made them get a smaller tip!
So it’s pretty clear that battling diabetes is a mind over matter affair. And as you can see, it’s not all that bad once you get your positive diagnosis (but if you’re not a diabetic, this doesn’t give you an excuse to go Dutch at a pastry shop!). Diabetes can be a life threatening disease, we don’t deny it. But here at DrJamesFarley.com, we believe that having a positive mindset coupled with extensive treatment from health care providers such as ourselves, you can live a healthy lifestyle for years to come!
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