You have a lot to learn, but no one expects you to learn everything at once. It takes time to absorb it all. Here are three basic steps to help you gain control of your Type 2 diabetes:
Step one: Acceptance leads to control - accepting you have diabetes is difficult even if you have symptoms when you were diagnosed. It is easier to deny it rather than dealing with this sudden change to your life as you knew it. It is easy to take oral medications, but changing your way of living is much more difficult. Acceptance takes time but once you are able to accept the fact you really do have Type 2 diabetes, you can start taking control of this disease.
Step two: Learn more about your diabetes - educating yourself about your health problem can help you adjust to your ongoing situation. Asking your doctor about Type 2 diabetes and how to deal with it is the start of gathering information. In addition to this, you can also look for printed materials and material published online. Learn why diabetes is a serious health problem. Know how to properly care for your health.
Step three: Become familiar with your HbA1c, your blood pressure and your blood cholesterol level - your HbA1c percentage reflects the average control of your blood sugar level during the past three months. Your blood pressure should always be less than 130/80. Lastly, you should learn about the three different components of cholesterol: LDL, HDL and triglycerides. Your LDL and HDL cholesterols are not affected by meals, but your triglyceride level does rise directly after you've eaten.