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
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
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