Best Resources for Adapting to Diabetes

In 2012, 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were diagnosed with diabetes. No matter what your age, a diagnosis of diabetes can be shocking.  Receiving the news of your diagnosis can generate overwhelming emotions and a firestorm of questions:  What exactly is diabetes?  How did this happen to me?  How will it affect my day-to-day life?  Will I have to take insulin daily? Follow that with the realization that it can take a lot of work to manage blood glucose levels, and the life changes you are facing can seem daunting.

Great strides have been made in blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery options.  While most people think of insulin injections, insulin therapy can also be inhaled or administered through the use of a touch screen insulin pump. Exploring all of the options with your doctor can help you to choose the option that best fits your lifestyle.

Adapting a new lifestyle can help you tremendously in managing diabetes in addition to the treatment that you discuss with your doctor. When it comes to making any changes in your lifestyle, being well-informed is the first step.

The right resources are vital for preparing yourself to manage your diabetes diagnosis. Be willing to learn alongside friends and family so that everyone is aware of how your life will change. You do not have to make these changes alone. Consult with your healthcare provider about how your fitness routine or nutrition plans may change, then find a buddy to exercise with or to create new recipes with. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take smaller steps in changing your lifestyle.

Below is a list of resources that contain information, educational programs, and support groups for those newly diagnosed with diabetes. With these sources, you will be well-prepared to make the lifestyle changes that best fit your needs, using a timeline that is appropriate for you.

National Diabetes Education Program

The National Diabetes Education Program was founded in 1997 to improve the lives of those living with diabetes and prevent those at risk from developing diabetes through education and awareness. The organization’s website provides webinars, presentations and podcasts.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC offers a wealth of information starting with the basics answering questions like “what is diabetes?” and also covering the most current news and recent findings. They also provide statistics and research they have collected that can provide perspective and help you understand that you are not alone.

American Diabetes Association

Established in 1940, the American Diabetes Association dedicates itself to improving the lives of those with diabetes by providing educational information such as possible complications that may arise and how you can best work towards preventing them. In addition to providing a wealth of information, the American Diabetes Association organizes the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Camp, which provides a fun environment where kids can learn more about diabetes and, most importantly, how to gain their independence while living with diabetes. For those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, they offer a free 12-month email program of informational resources including tips, recipes, inspirational stories and more.

Enroll in a diabetes education class online or in your community

There are numerous online courses and group programs aimed at diabetes education. Find the one that best suits your needs and get involved. Within these courses you will find support and community, which can provide motivation and ease your transition into your new lifestyle.

What are your Best Resources for Adapting to Diabetes?


  1. Diabetes education classes are really really good. They are such a great opportunity to learn.

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