Diabetes is a complicated disease, so it’s no surprise that people often miss some relevant information when they first get their diagnosis. It’s impossible for your doctor to know everything, so you’re bound to be missing some good tips if your only source of information is one medical professional. Besides, as hard as you try to absorb everything the doctor says to you, it’s difficult to retain it 100 percent in the long term.
Luckily, other people with diabetes often have a wealth of knowledge concerning the most important things to know about properly managing diabetes. Whether you’re worried you’ve missed something big along the way or just want some extra advice concerning those minor inconveniences that come with living the diabetes life, we hope you find some answers here.
Below, Redditors share the information and advice they wish they had been given when they were first diagnosed. Do you have any other diabetes life hacks to share with us? Tell us in the comments!
NOTE: Some comments have been edited for length or grammar.
13. What is diabetes?!
“I wish they would have told me what diabetes was and why I had it. I was only 10 but I went like 15 years without truly knowing what diabetes was.” —Reddit user crd3635
12. Travel tips
“If you get a pump, leave on the old infusion site for a few hours if you are traveling or away from home for a while. Then if the new site is messed up, you can go back to the old site until you get home to fix it.” —Reddit user sellyberry
11. Calm down
“Do not be overwhelmed. Take your big problem and break it down. Set yourself a daily goal such as keeping meals on a steady schedule. The next day, add something new, and before you know it, you will have it under control.” —Reddit user McDarila
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