The power of words

Diabetes can affect you physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically.  This is also relevant for family members and caregivers who can experience the same emotions and reactions to diabetes as the person who has been diagnosed.

Diabetes requires self management on a daily basis. This means you need to be in the driver’s seat and you should be at the centre of your diabetes management team. Diabetes is often an unpredictable and tricky disease to manage. It can be frustrating and feel pointless. Diabetes can be difficult to control no matter what sometimes and it can complicate life in general!

diabetes tests and targets can raise stress

Targets in diabetes are important, such as blood glucose levels (BGL), HbA1c or A1c (the average BGL over the past 8  – 12 weeks), blood pressure and so on. However this can make you feel like you are “sitting an exam” every day.

The results of BGL checks, managing your weight, choosing healthy foods, managing insulin ratios and exercise, etc etc can lead to guilt, worry and stress. If you start to feel you are “not doing the right thing” and/or you are “not getting the right results”, it can lead to diabetes distress and you may end up blaming yourself.

Talking about “high and low” blood glucose and not “good and bad” can be a healthy place to start.

It is important to remember that these targets are guides to your health and diabetes management. The results on your home blood glucose monitor are a tool to helping you and your health care team to make adjustments and work towards a healthy you.

These numbers are not ends in themselves. How you choose to use them will depend on the type of diabetes you have, how long you have had it and your personal needs and choices.

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