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Tips for Avoiding Diabetes Burnout | April 9, 2010

Some great tips here on how to live with diabetes day-to-day…

All of us get tired or frustrated with managing our diabetes day after day, year after year. However, some take it to the extreme by neglecting good diabetes management for a few days, a few weeks, or possibly forever. While it is understandable that some may want a break from the disease, it often contributes to some of the disease’s complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney disease.

The Joslin Diabetes Center offers a handful of tips on its website for avoiding diabetes burnout, noting the condition is different than depression. Here are five ways to help avoid the burnout:

  • Stay motivated – to do this, it is important to cut yourself some slack and realize your blood sugar numbers will not always be perfect. Accepting that high and low readings will occur from time to time should help relieve some stress.
  • Identify Obstacles – making a list of items that make it difficult for you to manage your diabetes will help you better address those items. For example, if you do not have enough time to go to the gym, you may want to spend the money you will pay in gym membership for a treadmill at home. If
  • Get Support – some people are very private about their diabetes, but allowing close friends and family members know how they can help can be important. It can be as simple as telling them upfront what you find helpful and what you do not find helpful.
  • Keep Focused on the Big Picture – because many of diabetes’ complications build up over many years and decades, it can be tempting to lose sight of the importance of day to day care, such as exercise and eating right. Staying on track will not only help stave off long-term complications, it will help individuals feel better on a day-to-day basis.
  • Visit Doctors Regularly – your doctors can help guide you and provide you feedback on how you are doing in your overall management.

While many of these items may seem pretty basic, they are important to remember

via: Tips for Avoiding Diabetes Burnout

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