When you’re diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you may very well feel like one of those cartoon characters that gets squashed by an anvil falling from the sky.
You might think you need to learn so much that you just can’t figure out where to start.
In recent years, experts have come to recognize that it’s very common for people with diabetes to feel overwhelmed. And it doesn’t just happen when someone is first diagnosed. People who have been living with diabetes for some time may start to feel overburdened by how much energy it takes to manage their condition. In fact, one name for this phenomenon is ‘diabetes burden’. Another is ‘diabetes distress.’
So if you’ve just been diagnosed, and you’re floundering, what can you do?
A big thank-you to Karen Graham a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Kelowna BC, who is and co-author of Diabetes Essentials: Tips and Tricks to Manage Type 2 Diabetes (Robert Rose, 2021), and two other books on diabetes.