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Resources for People with Diabetes

Resources for People with Diabetes

Having diabetes means many life changes. These changes may seem overwhelming. That’s a normal feeling. When you feel down, reach out to your family and friends. Your healthcare team is also there when you have questions or need advice.

How to help yourself

These tips can help you care for yourself:

  • Do things that you like. See a favorite movie. Read a good book. Or listen to music.

  • Call a friend to chat.

  • Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.

  • Take a walk or garden. Physical activity can ease stress and lift your mood.

  • Stick to your treatment program. Keeping your blood sugar in your target range will help you feel better.

  • If you feel your plan isn't working, is too hard to do, or is too costly, talk with your healthcare providers. 

How to get help from others

These tips can help you get help:  

  • Talk to your friends and family about how you feel. Give them information to help them learn more about diabetes.

  • Bring someone with you to your next appointment. This will help him or her learn how to support you. Write down questions before so all your concerns are addressed.

  • Join a diabetes support group. Here you can talk to others with diabetes and share concerns, experiences, and tips for solving problems. Your library, community center, church group, senior center, or hospital may know about support groups near you.

  • Try an online support group. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers one. It can also help you find local ADA chapters.

Resources

These organizations provide information, educational programs, and other services. They are there to help you.

  • American Diabetes Association

    800-342-2383

    www.diabetes.org

  • National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

    800-860-8747

    www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov

  • American Heart Association

    800-242-8721

    www.heart.org

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    www.eatright.org

 

Talk with your healthcare provider if you feel helpless or hopeless or have trouble sleeping or eating. These may be symptoms of depression. This serious condition can be treated. .

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