Barriers to Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body and the mind. People diagnosed with diabetes need to learn how to manage their disease. This can be very challenging. It helps to not feel alone or without resources. Being honest about feelings and needs is important.

How can you get started dealing with barriers? Education is essential. Challenge yourself to learn more. Never stop learning about diabetes. Research continues to give us new ways to manage and treat diabetes. Try to learn a little at a time. This way you will not feel overwhelmed.

There are many things you need to learn to keep your diabetes under control:

  • You will need to know all about diabetes.
  • How blood sugar affects your body.
  • How to check your blood sugar.
  • How to keep your blood sugar in range.
  • How to eat.
  • What support systems are available.

A healthy attitude is needed. It is easy to feel stressed, alone, angry and frustrated. It is important to accept these feelings. Then you need to learn how to work through them. Your doctor and family members may be able to help.

Important things to remember:

  • Be realistic in your expectations of yourself and your doctor. You will have high and low blood sugar levels. You may do things correctly yet get poor results. Do not dwell on these times; rather turn them into learning experiences. Pick up without guilt or blame.
  • Set reachable goals.
  • Develop a plan of care and follow the plan.
  • Measure your control.
  • Know when to contact your doctor or diabetes educator. You will need to do this when changes in your plan are needed.
  • Manage stress. Ask for help in managing stress. Seek out others in local support groups and classes who have worked through their barriers.
  • Become self-reliant by caring for your diabetes and yourself. Learn about meal planning, exercise, medicines and checking you blood sugar.

How can your doctor or diabetes educator help? Your doctor and your diabetes educator are your best resource for information and guidance. They can help you stay healthy. Consult your doctor and diabetes educator if you detect problems that interfere with your health goals.