Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a shock
When newly diagnosed with diabetes, most people find themselves in a state of shock. However, being diagnosed with diabetes doesn't prevent you from leading a 'normal' life.
There are stories on
the Diabetes Forum from people who have had all sorts of experiences when being diagnosed.
Most people receive great care from their GP and healthcare team, although some people
report having just been given some tablets and been told to get on with it.
If this happens to you, make sure your doctor finds time to discuss your condition with you, or refer you to someone who can answer your questions better than they can.
No matter what your experience is when being diagnosed, the Forum is full of people who understand what you are going through because they have lived through it and been in your shoes. Feel free to bring up any topics or questions there and the community
will do their best to help you out.
What type of diabetes do I have?
If you know the type of diabetes you have, read further guidance related to your diabetes type:
There are also guides for those newly diagnosed with LADA, MODY or Diabetes insipidus.
You will know that diabetes means that your blood has higher amounts of glucose/sugar in than normal.
However, you may have other questions about why this is the case and how diabetes will affect you.
Understand your diet
The diet you have may depend on your diabetes type.
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you will need to
be aware of how much carbohydrate is in meal times in order to balance your insulin doses.
Many people with diabetes find carbohydrate counting courses to be very helpful,
with the DAFNE course receiving particular praise. Ask your doctor about the possibility of being put on carbohydrate counting course.
Diet can help people with type
2 diabetes to better manage diabetes. NHS diet advice has received a certain amount of criticism from diabetes patients over a reliance of the diet on carbohydrate; however, some NHS practices appear to be better than others.
Book a place on a diabetes education course
For type 1 diabetes, as mentioned above, the carbohydrate courses are very helpful.
For type 2 diabetes, a range of diabetes education courses exist, which help you to manage to your diabetes,
whilst also providing the chance to meet others with diabetes.