First, take a deep breath.
You have type 2 diabetes. And yes, it's a big deal. But you know what? It’s also something you can deal with. And the American Diabetes Association is here to help.
When people first find out that they have diabetes, it's sometimes really scary, or sad, or even hard to believe.
After all, you probably don't feel sick, or any different than you felt before you were told you have diabetes. And yet it is very important to take this disease seriously.
Some people who learn they have diabetes worry that it means their life is over, or that they won't be able to do everything they used to do. Neither of those things is true.
Your New Job
What is true is that you may need to change some things about your daily routine.
It's not your fault that you got diabetes, but it is your job to take care of yourself.
Luckily, there's a lot that you can do to keep yourself healthy. This section of diabetes.org will give you the first steps for taking control of your diabetes.
We Are Here to Help
Diabetes is a journey. The American Diabetes Association is ready to be with you every step of the way.
The American Diabetes Association also offers free information and support via:
- 1-800-DIABETES, our toll-free information line
- our email information service
- online chats at diabetes.org/chat
- Local programs and events in your community
- our robust online community, at community.diabetes.org. Participate in discussions about diabetes-related topics with others going through similar issues.
- Enroll in the FREE Living With Type 2 Diabetes program to get information and support to live well with type 2 diabtes.