Diabetes is a health condition that demands your constant attention, whether you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2. Managing it well means being vigilant. Wherever you go, diabetes goes. Still, diabetes is just one aspect of your life, so don’t let it prevent you from doing and being everything you want to be. Preparation is the key.
Once you establish a diabetes management routine, you’ll know best what your body needs throughout a typical 24-hour cycle. You’ll soon get into a new “life with diabetes” rhythm. These are the types of things that will become part of your regular to-do list:
People with diabetes can pursue virtually any type of employment, so there’s no reason your diagnosis has to stand in the way of your professional goals. However, it’s important that you map out a diabetes management strategy that complements your job responsibilities and work environment.
Adaptability is the key to successful travel, especially for people with diabetes. Unpredictable transportation schedules, meal times, and sleep patterns are often part of the travel experience. So, wherever you go and however you get there, be sure you’re prepared for unscripted moments.
For people with diabetes, being ready for natural disasters and other emergencies can be a real — and literal — lifesaver. Here are a few tips that can get you started with your own emergency plan:
Many people with diabetes experience changes in sexual function. Although these physical effects are talked about less than other symptoms of diabetes, they’re still health concerns that are important to address. Don’t be shy about discussing them with your doctor! High blood glucose levels, cardiovascular issues, nerve problems, medications, or a combination of these factors can affect your sex life. Talk to a healthcare professional if you’re experiencing any of these sexual concerns:
Additional information about diabetes and sexual health is available from the American Diabetes Association.
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