Studies have shown that people who know more about diabetes have better control of their blood glucose levels and develop fewer .
You are the most important part of your diabetes team
Your diabetes team spends up to 3 hours per year managing your diabetes.
You spend 8760 hours every year living with your diabetes.
The decisions you make have a much bigger impact on your diabetes care than those made by your diabetes team.
What can I do?
Self-management involves taking responsibility for your own health and having an active role in managing your treatment. For most people with diabetes, self-management means three things:
1. Looking after your health and managing your diabetes.
- Looking after yourself includes things like taking your medication every day and having regular check-ups.
2. Making changes in your life
- Dealing with diabetes in your everyday life, adjusting to living with diabetes. This might include changing what the family eats at mealtimes or taking up more active hobbies.
3. Dealing with any negative emotions
- Managing negative feelings, may be an issue when living with diabetes. Common problems are anger, fear, frustration or depression.
If you take the time to find out about diabetes and get explanations that make sense to you, it becomes much easier to understand what you need to do. You'll see how to improve your health and work out the right way to solve any problems you encounter.
To look after yourself well you will need to develop the ability to:
- understand diabetes and how it is affecting you
- stay optimistic and be confident in how you manage your diabetes
- work through negative reactions like guilt or denial that make it hard to accept the diagnosis of diabetes
- recognise when you are feeling low, angry or frustrated
- ask for support from others, for example, when you need to make decisions about your treatment and discuss options with your diabetes team.
Learning to self-manage
This 3-minute video will help you understand the most important aspects of looking after your diabetes.
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