Those living with diabetes know that this disease touches every part of your life. Some people make the mistake of thinking that they can just change their diet and test their blood sugar and as long as the numbers show improvement then they are good to go. The problem with thinking that way is that no one will have perfect numbers all of the time. It is important to always be striving for good blood sugar control but eating healthy is only one aspect of having diabetes. Along the way you have to realize that there are other things that are going to affect your blood sugar levels and in turn your blood sugar levels are going to affect many areas of your life.
Everything that you do is driven by your emotions at some level. Emotional health is very important for anyone to find balance in and diabetes can often throw that balance off. Your emotions are directly tied to blood sugar control. The better your blood sugars are the more emotionally stable you will feel. Depression and diabetes are often comorbidities due to the unbalance that diabetes can cause without strict control. It is important to be aware of this so that you don’t do or say anything that you will regret later.
In order to sustain healthy relationships with others, you need to know your limits and how your emotions are affected by high and low blood sugar levels so that you can either warn those around you or remove yourself from the situation until you can get your blood sugar under control. You wouldn't think that this side effect of poor blood sugar control would be the cause of strain on relationships in your life but it plays a huge part in the communication between you and those that you associate with on a regular basis. When your blood sugar is off it is increasingly difficult to think rationally and to make decisions which often leads to unnecessary outbursts that cause hurt feelings and burned bridges that later require mending. This is stressful on any relationship unless you can communicate the importance and correlation between emotions and blood sugar control.
Another obstacle that those with diabetes face is poor circulation and slow healing. You hear about this side effect all of the time, but it is easy to underestimate the extent of damage that this can cause. Any injury both big and small becomes a worry when you have diabetes. You have to be extra careful when caring for any wound or injury because it will heal slower, especially if you have poor blood sugar control. You also have an increased risk of infection so it is important to keep all wounds very clean and protected so that your body has time to heal completely.
Diabetes is a very personal disease which affects each individual differently. The most important thing to do is know your own body and learn to recognize when something is off in any area of your life. It can almost always be tied back in some way to your diabetes control.