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Living Successfully With Diabetes

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/27/2007 | Health
One in three Americans will have diabetes over their lifetime. Once upon a time, the notion of living a normal life with diabetes seemed as attainable as living a fairy tale. Nowadays, however, living with the disease is easier and more common than ever before.

That doesnt mean that living with diabetes is not a challenge. However, technology has made so many advancements that any person who is committed to healthy living can experience a full normal life with the condition.

For diabetics who control their condition by watching their diet, todays supermarket shelves are stocked with numerous and tasty products that can be of help. Federal guidelines in the United States regarding food labeling provide a tremendous source of assistance in simplifying the food selection process. Regulations that monitor the use of words such as lite, light, sugar free and no sugar added help us know exactly what we are buying.

Technology has advanced to allow us not only to monitor our own blood sugar levels, but to do it with one simple step and with virtually no pain.

Today, more people are educated about diabetes and are more sensitive to the needs of diabetics. Most communities offer diabetic support groups and people who live in neighborhoods that dont have such groups can always join an online support group or forum.

The Internet has aided in the advancement of available information and resources available to the average person interested in living a normal life with diabetes. In addition to anytime support from others who have the disease, it is a source of valuable information for diabetics, their family and friends. Go online to find a number of resources from how to be supportive of a friend or loved one recently diagnosed, recipes for diabetics, and medical treatment options available.

Always remember when researching medical options that your findings should be discussed with your family doctor or specialist. Never diagnose or treat yourself or stop taking prescribed medication to try a new remedy.

Books are always a useful resource as well. Visit your local library and ask for books dealing with diabetes. Videos and television shows dealing with exercise and diet might also be of assistance.

Just remember that knowledge is power. When you have the knowledge about diabetes and your particular condition, you can make good decisions about improving your health and living successfully with diabetes.