“I don’t believe it. There must be some mistake!”
Denial is that voice inside repeating: “Not me.” Most people go through denial when they are first diagnosed with diabetes.
That first reaction is not the main problem. In fact, it’s so common that some people feel it is part of the process of accepting the diagnosis.
The trouble comes when we keep on denying that we have diabetes, or even that we are at risk of diabetes. Long-term denial stops us from learning what we need to know to keep ourselves healthy.
Why deny that we have diabetes?
Sometimes denial serves a purpose. It is a way of coping with bad news. It can keep you from getting overwhelmed and depressed. It lets you accept news little by little when you are ready.
But denial can return later on because it seems easier.
Denying that your diabetes is serious lets you avoid self-care. It shields you from the fact that diabetes is a lifelong, chronic illness, which, if left untreated, can result in complications.
Denial also lets your family and friends pretend that “nothing is wrong.”
Doctors who do not specialize in diabetes care may fuel your denial. They may talk about a “mild” case of diabetes or say there is “just a touch of sugar” in your blood. Though well-meaning, these terms send the wrong message. What you hear is “Don’t worry. Your diabetes is not serious enough to hurt you.”
Because denial can creep into any aspect of diabetes self-care, it can be dangerous. Any denial sabotages your health care. This can lead to further, even worse health problems along the line.
How to spot Denial
Denial has a few catchphrases. If you hear yourself thinking or saying them, you are avoiding some part of your diabetes care.
- One bite won’t hurt.
- This sore will heal by itself.
- I’ll go to the doctor later.
- I don’t have time to do it.
- My diabetes isn’t serious. I only have to take a pill, not shots.
But here are the clear signs that you may be in denial of your diabetes…
- Not testing your blood sugar
It can be a bother to check your blood glucose regularly. You may decide you “know” what your blood glucose is by how you feel. But a meter is a much better measure of blood glucose than feelings are.
- Ignoring your meal plan
Changing eating habits and food choices is tough. You may think:
- I can’t ask my family to change what they eat. I don’t want to eat alone or fix two meals.
- There’s no place to buy healthy food where I work.
- It’s too hard to bring my lunch.
Eating correctly may not be as difficult as you think. You can get a full meal plan and guide to eating healthily in the Manna Diet FREE downloadable ebook.
- Forgetting your feet
You know you should check your feet each day, but it takes too much time. Or you forget. Or you have limited mobility and it’s too hard. Washing and checking your feet for signs of trouble every day is essential to avoid serious injury. This is true no matter what type of diabetes you have.
You might tell yourself, “I only take a few puffs.” You may say smoking keeps you from eating too much. “If I quit, I’ll gain weight.” Smoking and diabetes are a deadly duo. Smoking increases your risk of complications. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health.
How do I confront denial?
Denial is human. It’s bound to crop up from time to time. When it does, you can recognize what’s going on and fight back.
- Make a plan — Write down your diabetes care plan and your health care goals. Understand why each item in your plan is important. Accept that it will take time to reach your goals.
- Ask for help — If you find you are denying some parts of your diabetes care, ask your diabetes educator for help. If you have trouble with your food plan, talk to a registered dietitian. Together you can come up with solutions.
- Enlist friends and family — Tell your friends and family how they can help. Let them know that encouraging you to go off your plan is not a kindness. Inform them about how you take care of your diabetes — they might want to adopt some of your healthy habits.
After accepting it, how do I treat and control diabetes?
In order to manage or treat diabetes, you need to tackle it at the root cause – out of control blood sugar levels.
The most effective way to control blood sugar levels is by making healthy lifestyle changes that are sustainable in the long-run.
So what positive lifestyle changes should I make?
Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. Whether you are at a healthy weight or not, follow the Manna Diet.
Increase your physical activity, even just by doing 30 minutes of exercise 4 times a week.
Drink plenty of water, the rule of at least 8 glasses a day is a good and easy one to follow.
Manna Blood Sugar Support –
Take a supplement like the Manna Blood Sugar Support to help keep blood sugar levels under control. It helps the body to slow-release the sugar from the food we eat. This means that blood sugar spikes and sugar crashes are eliminated, and energy levels stay balanced for longer. It can also help minimise cravings, which can help to put a stop unmindful eating.
Manna Blood Sugar Support is 100% organic & natural and works in a unique way by slowing down the absorption of glucose from the food you eat by up to 43%.
In other words, Manna Blood Sugar Support reduces the GI of the food you eat by up to 43%.
Benefits of Manna Blood Sugar Support:
- Helps to maintain balanced blood sugar levels.
- Keep you more satisfied after a meal, which means that the same meal can take you much further and cause you to eat less, which can help with natural weight loss.
- Helps to control cravings.
- Helping to keep energy levels constant.
- Even blood sugar levels can help to prevent diabetic health complications.