Managing Diabetes – Understanding the Issue
Is managing diabetes possible? The attitudes towards diabetes may range from indifference to extreme fear and agitation. Therefore, a clear understanding of the disease will help promote a proactive attitude towards its management. Simply put, diabetes is a condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot handle it properly. This condition results from the inability of the pancreas to produce sufficient amounts of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that enables the body to properly use glucose and directing it to the cells where it is used for fuel. Glucose comes from carbohydrate digestion. In order to successfully manage diabetes, a means must be found to assist the body in properly digesting and metabolizing glucose.
Managing Diabetes – Practical Steps
There are several ways to manage diabetes. However, every program of diabetes management will require a change of mindset and lifestyle.
Managing Diabetes – The Mental Aspects
The mental aspect of managing diabetes is often overlooked in published information. Diabetes can be emotionally difficult and may lead to depression. It is important to remember that you are not alone.
“I found help through a support groups. They provided me with instruction, comfort, and peace of mind. I also relied heavily on God to give me comfort. He did not choose to cure my physical illness but He helped me with the daily mental struggles. I found comfort in Matthew 11:28-30, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.’ As diabetics, we can experience rest from the fears of what diabetes can do.
“If you have not experienced the peace of knowing God and would like to seek His comfort and security of eternal life, investigate what a life of knowing Jesus as your Savior and comforter can do for you. I know that in Him and I have found my rest.”