4 Ways To Stay Positive With Diabetes

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It’s an emotional blow when the doctor reveals your diabetes diagnosis. You’re not alone.

Diabetes is a disease plaguing more than 29 million Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association, disproportionately affecting African Americans.

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Emotions after diagnosis can range from guilt to denial. Guilt can arise from self-blame – “I should’ve eaten healthier foods.” Denial typically sets in until further tests confirm the initial results.

For anyone living with diabetes, here is a list of strategies to remain positive and feel better about your diagnosis.

1. Arm Yourself With Knowledge

Learn everything you can about living with diabetes – from medication routines to symptoms and treatment.  Knowing the symptoms can take away potential panic and confusion about the way you may be feeling.