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Hare believes that his story needs to be shared with other people similar to him. People diagnosed with diabetes may feel lonely because they are learning how to come to terms with their diagnosis and they are also learning how to lead joy-full and healthy life.
Trevor is an outstanding young person diagnosed with diabetes type 1 and several other medical conditions.
He is happy and amazingly well adjusted teenager who is in control of his own health. If you want to hear Trevor's story and hear how he deals with diabetes type 1 among other health issues click here.
If you live with diabetes, know you are not alone
Many people worldwide are learning how to live with diabetes. Also many people have learned how to manage it very successfully. Access to information and development in science and technology made it possible.
In essence there are three key steps that you need to learn and own, because they will help you to understand diabetes and how to manage it for life.
1) Learn about diabetes
You really need to know what diabetes is and how can diabetes affect you in short and long term. You do not need to become diabetes doctor, you just need to get the grips on the basic facts. Knowing the basics will help you to follow the next two steps on your journey to good health, which is your ultimate goal.
2) Learn about foods you eat and beverages you drink
This may sound easy and obvious, but people get still confused. The first macronutrient you are learning about is carbohydrate or often referred to as carbs.
On your carbs discovery journey you will find out what carbs are and where are they hiding in foods? Then you will start learning about good carbohydrate foods and those which are best saved for special occasions. It may be also good idea to know your portions for example, how much carbohydrate you eat in a meal and what you normally have in a day.
Adding onto your macronutrient knowledge you will start learning about fats and proteins and how they can help your case. You will also learn a few things about alcohol and sugary drinks and why to avoid them.
This brings us to the last step in your journey.
3) Work with your diabetes care team
This may also sound silly, but surprisingly, there are lots of people out there who are making it really hard on themselves and decide that they do not need any help.
The reality is once diagnosed with diabetes you will need a good diabetes management plan. This will include regular check ins with your GP, podiatrist, eye specialist, diabetes nurse and perhaps dietitian. You will have to work out what medication works best for you or if you need to take insulin. Also you will start monitoring your own blood sugar levels, and frankly making
some big adjustments to your lifestyle. So why going all alone if you can get help?