You’ve recently learned that you have diabetes. It’s a disease that requires daily monitoring. Your day now includes new routines that focus on your health.
Board-certified Dr. Susan Tanyi with League Health Urgent & Primary Care in Katy, Texas, helps you through this transition and helps you manage your diabetes. As your primary care physician, she explains what you need to know about how to take care of yourself and when you need to come in for appointments.
You now have a new mental mindset about your health, and an awareness of risks that you didn’t have previously. Following are five ways your life changes after a diabetes diagnosis.
Before you were diagnosed, you knew that diabetes is a disease that impacts your health and needs to be treated but probably didn’t know what’s happening inside your body that created the problem.
When you have diabetes, your body’s system for controlling your blood sugar isn’t working properly. Your blood sugar is at an abnormally high level, which causes a number of health problems.
You may not have realized that having diabetes places you at a higher than normal risk of kidney failure and several types of heart disease, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. You’re also at greater risk of eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. These are serious health conditions that can impact normal functioning. You have a new consciousness and mental mindset about your health.
You can modify your risks of serious complications from diabetes by making lifestyle changes. One big change is making different choices about what you eat and drink.
Now that you know how a sugary drink, store-bought pies and cakes, deep-fried foods, or an ice cream sundae affects your blood sugar, you may decide to eat fewer of these foods and drinks and eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
It’s hard to change ingrained habits. Dr. Tanyi provides resources on nutrition as you begin to adapt to buying and preparing different kinds of foods.
Being overweight or obese leads to a significant risk for developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Perhaps that is one of the factors involved in your diabetes diagnosis.
Now you have the best reason of all to lose weight: the opportunity to improve your health. Dr. Tanyi works with you to help you set and reach weight loss goals.
Being under the supervision of Dr. Tanyi, you can feel safe engaging in the weight loss process. No fad diets are involved. We help you manage lifestyle changes and may prescribe medicine and vitamin therapy to assist you in reaching new goals.
You’ve heard a lot about how exercise is good for you. You may not have realized that regular exercise helps stabilize your blood sugar levels. In turn, better blood sugar levels lower your risks for serious health complications.
Dr. Tanyi works with you to find a form of exercise that you enjoy. You may like exercise classes with a teacher who leads you, or you may like exercising by yourself with your earbuds in while listening to a podcast or your favorite music.
Once you start making lifestyle changes that help stabilize your blood sugar, you’ll notice that you feel better. You may return to physical activities that you gave up in the past. Your low energy level rebounds, and your mood and outlook on life may be on an upward trajectory. If you’ve had low libido, you may experience a desire for more intimacy. All of these changes lead to a better quality of life.