The Sad News of Diabetes May Result to Anxiety

The Sad News of Diabetes May Result to Anxiety – It is a sad confirmation of a difficult life ahead – learning for the first time that you have diabetes can be very devastating. It is indeed sad news for an older person who looks forward to an easy and relaxed life upon retirement and more so devastating for the young adolescents, in case of Type I Diabetes, who look forward to healthy and energetic lives ahead.
The first few months upon diagnosis can be excruciating. One only has to scan the list of do’s and don’ts in proper diabetic management to be depressed that easily. Many of the older people with diabetes are diagnosed way too late of having Type II Diabetes and already suffer from the complications of the disease. Type I Diabetes, a rarer but a more lethal form of diabetes mostly attacks children, adolescents and young adults. Sufferers of Type I Diabetes have to endure daily insulin injections for the rest of their lives unless some new and more advanced diabetes management procedure come up in the near future.
Anxiety and depression for diabetes patients is not uncommon given their feeling of being thrown in a situation where they simply cannot get out. They just have no option but to accept things as they are and be optimistic but this could be difficult to do at first. A basic positive approach to effectively managing diabetes is acquiring information and knowledge about this disease. Patients suffer more psychologically about their disease which they have no knowledge of or simply refuse to understand. In the case of diabetes, a major part of managing this disease hinges on understanding and knowledge about diabetes not only for the patient but also for the people around him. This aspect is particularly evident and is absolutely necessary in the case of an adolescent with Type I Diabetes. Raising children who have Type I Diabetes is painstakingly difficult for any parent to do. It is like performing two delicate balancing acts at the same time. One being physiologically – trying to maintain glucose levels within the normal range as possible, a little too low would result in hypoglycemia and a little too high would result in hyperglycemia and worse ketoacidosis (having too much ketones in the bloodstream ha can have adverse effects in the body). The other is the psychological balancing act wherein parents try to imbibe positive outlooks to their child regarding diabetes management and dietary adjustments not only for the child but for the whole family as well. Food management for a diabetic child requires incredible patience for the parent. Being too strict may curtail the growing diabetic child’s nutritional needs but then again, being too lenient would encourage the child to fall back his former eating habits which could affect glucose levels at an alarming rate.
Family support and encouragement is a must during these trying times. The patient must realize that through the help and understanding of medical professionals and family members that diabetes, while incurable can be properly managed through proper and specialized diet exercise and medication. It is very important for them to acknowledge that all hope is not lost and they can lead normal, healthy and happy lives ahead.