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Immediate Changes You Can Make After Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

Immediate Changes You Can Make After Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

You just found out you have type 2 diabetes. Now, you’re wondering what to do next. Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be scary, but you don’t have to navigate it alone.

About 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. It’s a metabolic condition that affects the way sugar from food is converted into energy for your body. While there’s no cure, actively managing your diabetes can make a big difference for your health — and you can start making changes right now.

Our concierge diabetes care team at Endocrine Associates of West Village is here for you every step of the way. From diagnosis to ongoing diabetes management, we provide personalized support for people with diabetes.

So if you just got a diabetes diagnosis, here’s what to do next.

Find a diabetes care team

A diabetes diagnosis can feel overwhelming, and the most important thing to do when you find out you have diabetes is to find a care team you trust. Diabetes is a life-long condition, and partnering with a diabetes specialist means you have the support you need.

At Endocrine Associates of West Village, our team offers comprehensive diabetes care. We educate you about diabetes, help you with blood glucose testing, recommend lifestyle adjustments, and work with you to find the right medications for your body.

When you first find out you have diabetes, it’s important to take action. Working to get your diabetes under control as quickly as possible helps lower your risk of complications. Plus, taking a proactive approach early on often makes diabetes easier to manage in the long run.

Reevaluate your diet

Your diet affects your blood sugar. When you have diabetes, you can learn how to regulate your blood sugar by choosing your diet carefully. In general, focus on eating fresh fruit, vegetables, and lean proteins like chicken and fish.

Carbohydrates are a type of macronutrient found in certain foods, and they have a significant effect on your blood sugar. Foods and beverages that are high in added sugar also elevate your blood sugar.

To start, cut back on sugary drinks like soda, sweet tea, and juice. Avoid foods high in fat and carbohydrates, including fried foods and full-fat dairy products. You shouldn’t eliminate all carbohydrates though, and our team can help you find healthy ways to get the carbs you need.

Add exercise to your routine

Exercise is key to any healthy lifestyle, and if you have diabetes, it’s especially important. Regular exercise can regulate your blood sugar levels, help your body use insulin more effectively, and lower your cholesterol — all of which can make diabetes easier to manage.

If you’re already active, keep it up. If you don’t get much exercise, consider adding it to your routine. Try walking, biking, or swimming, and strive to get about 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week.

Diabetes is a progressive condition, and every patient’s needs are different. We’re dedicated to helping you find a diabetes management plan that works for you, so you can enjoy your best possible health.

Find expert diabetes care at Endocrine Associates of West Village in Long Island City and New York, New York. Call the office nearest you or request your first appointment online today.

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