Managing a new Type 2 diabetes diagnosis

by | Nov 9, 2023 | Health and Wellness

As diabetes in Canada is steadily becoming more common, 30 per cent of all Canadians are living with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, conditions that prevent the body from making the important hormone called insulin, or properly managing the insulin it makes.

For Dr. Christine Palmay, a family physician and contributor to digital health-care platform Care to Know, diabetes control and management is a leading health concern within her practice, and it’s one that requires much coaching and information to ensure patients avoid added health complications like sight loss, amputations, heart attacks and kidney failure.

“Diabetes is a quiet disease. In its early stages, a pre-diabetes diagnosis often comes as a surprise for many patients who don’t experience symptoms. The good news is that often it can be managed with diet and exercise,” says Dr. Palmay. “However, when a patient receives a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, it can be overwhelming and requires a treatment plan of action.”

Being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and managing the condition is not easy. It’s important to know that you can live a healthy life by keeping your blood sugar levels in the target range set by you and your health-care provider.

Newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes? What to do

  • Attend regular check-ups with your physician, registered dietician or diabetes nurse educator. They can help you manage your glucose levels and answer questions with accurate information.
  • Develop a treatment plan with your physician that includes choices around glucose monitoring, lifestyle and medication.
  • Incorporate healthy lifestyle changes that include a balanced diet, increased physical activity and stress management.
  • Monitor blood sugar levels – and learn about the options that can help you monitor your levels regularly to track your progress.
  • Understand your medications and take them as prescribed to regulate your blood sugar levels and avoid complications.
  • Share your diagnosis with family so they can help support new lifestyle changes.
  • Educate yourself to make informed decisions about your health – use trusted sources of information like caretoknow.ca which has up-to-date health information and expertise from leading Canadian physicians.
  • Be your own advocate – don’t be afraid to share what you’ve researched with your health-care team.
  • Talk to your doctor about new treatments and medications to learn if they are right for you.

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