It may seem confusing at first but, bit by bit, the different pieces of information you are given should fall into place. You will soon begin to understand how Type 2 diabetes may affect your life and it shouldn't take long for you to establish a new routine. You will learn how putting more thought into your food and drink choices can help lower your blood glucose and improve your symptoms. Most people find that managing diabetes is easier than they anticipated. If you succeed in taking control of your condition early, you can be in charge of your diabetes, rather than your diabetes being in charge of you.
What happens next?
In the first few months, it is likely you will meet a specialist dietician, who will help you devise a healthy eating plan. Some of the necessary changes to your diet might seem difficult to make, but if you take them one step at a time, you will find it easier. It is essential to ask questions about food so you can work out a healthy eating plan that suits you. A good diet early on will help set you up for good blood glucose control for the rest of your life.
You should have a follow-up appointment to see whether the changes you have made to your lifestyle have helped to bring your blood glucose levels under control. Long-term glucose control is measured by a test called HbA1c.Your test results are likely to improve substantially if you are able to improve the way you eat and increase the amount you exercise.
After this, you are likely to see a nurse or doctor for a check-up every three months or so. At these check-ups, they will measure your long-term blood glucose control using the HbA1c measurement. You will be weighed and asked about changes to your diet or routine. You may also have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Raised blood pressure and cholesterol go hand in hand with Type 2 diabetes and there is good evidence that keeping these under control will have a positive effect on your future health. You may not achieve perfect results straight away, but aim for a steady improvement. Try to use these appointments to gather the information you need about your condition and discuss any concerns you may have.
Managing your Type-2 diabetes will be a journey of therapy. Good diabetes care involves both medical treatment and education. It is important that you feel able to take responsibility for your health needs so you can continue living the life you choose.