According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 29.1 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 1.4 million are diagnosed each year. While nobody wants to learn they have a medical condition that requires lifelong management, an official diagnosis empowers you to get treatment and keep the disease from progressing. When it comes to diabetes, what you don’t know really can hurt you. The ADA estimates that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million people with diabetes have yet to be diagnosed.1 This is especially dangerous, because un-managed diabetes can cause health complications over time, including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, foot ulcers, and eye damage. Serious complications can include diabetic ketoacidosis (i.e., a life-threatening condition where the blood acid/base balance is disrupted), diabetic coma, and even death.
If you are newly diagnosed, the Braden Diabetes Center is the ideal place to get up to speed. We provide the tools and techniques you to live a healthier life with diabetes. Our program is structured to help you understand diabetes, make healthy choices, and learn how to confidently manage your blood sugar in any situation.
Whether you have been told you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, your diagnosis is a life-changing event. That’s because to travel well through life with diabetes, you will literally have to change the way you live. The good news is, the changes you make in your diet, activity level, and daily routine will help you avoid the long-term complications of diabetes and live a longer, healthier life.
If you have just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you’ve been experiencing symptoms. Maybe you had to go to the emergency room. Perhaps you were even hospitalized. The truth is, unmanaged type 1 has clear, rapid, life-threatening consequences. You have to follow your treatment team’s recommendations as though your life depended on it because it literally does. There’s a learning curve to managing type 1 diabetes, but you will be surprised at how quickly your daily regimen becomes second nature. There are four components to the effective management of type 1 diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is the serious medical condition some people don’t take seriously enough, especially when they are first diagnosed. Perhaps you were diagnosed during a routine checkup, or while you were in the hospital for something else. Maybe you took part in a free screening and were surprised by the result. The fact is, many people with type 2 diabetes are not experiencing symptoms when they are first diagnosed, and rationalize that having type 2 is “no big deal”. Unfortunately, unless it is properly managed, type 2 will progress and lead to complications that are a very big deal indeed. There’s a learning curve to managing type 2 diabetes, but over time, your daily regimen will become second nature.
Talking to someone who “knows the ropes” is often a reassuring experience for a person who has just been diagnosed.