A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be both confusing and intimidating. Many people aren’t given much direction other than being told to change their diet and get more exercise. Gaining control of your diabetes is very important. What are some of the things you should be doing?

· Rethink what you’re eating. Moving toward a diet that revolves around whole foods and fewer processed foods is essential.

· Develop a regular routine of exercise. You don’t need to join a gym. Something as simple as taking a walk after dinner can go a long way toward better health.

· Take your medications regularly. If your doctor prescribes oral and/or injectable medications, be sure you are taking them as prescribed. Be certain to ask questions and understand what you’re taking and how it works.

· Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can stress your body. Stress can cause higher blood glucose readings.

· Drink enough water. Drinking water can help flush excess glucose from your blood.

· Become best friends with your meter. One thing that you can’t learn from a website or doctor or CDE is how your body reacts to food, exercise and medication. Only your blood glucose meter can help you with that

· And most important of all, be kind to yourself. This isn’t your fault. You aren’t a bad person. You can have a great life despite your diabetes!

All of this advice can be found on a myriad of websites including The American Diabetes Association, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and WebMd.

A healthy lifestyle needs to become your new normal, just remember that it doesn’t have to happen overnight.