Take Control, Take Charge!
Being diagnosed with diabetes may feel like a burden. It often manifests as an emotional weight, which in some cases can lead to depression and anxiety. The key to living with diabetes is balance.
According to Mary Easaw, Chief Dietitian at the National Heart Institute (IJN), the key to living a balanced healthy lifestyle with diabetes is ‘knowledge, self-discipline, and multidisciplinary support’. The person must be empowered to self-manage the condition, which means having an understanding of diabetes, how the condition needs to be treated and what steps should be taken to ensure that blood sugar levels are always kept within the recommended range.
Good diabetes management has been shown to reduce the risk of developing complications, enhance quality of life and reduce hospital admissions among people with the condition.