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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.

Finding Out

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 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.

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  • Last Reviewed: October 29, 2013
  • Last Edited: September 1, 2017

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