415 million people live with diabetes. And while there is currently no cure for this illness, it doesn’t have to prevent you from living a normal life.
Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how the body uses blood sugar. It’s a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Symptoms include increased thirst and urination, increased hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, and numbness or tingling in the feet or hands.
A key element of living successfully with diabetes is to simply focus on living a normal life. Renowned author and doctor, Steven Edelman, M.D., is an advocate for living beyond diabetes symptoms both personally—as a Type 1 himself—and professionally.
“Remember that your blood sugar and A1c levels are just numbers—you are more than your highs and lows,” says Dr. Edelman.
10 Tips for Living Successfully with Diabetes
Often it feels as though we need permission to live a normal life with diabetes. Dr. Edelman coaches people to seek and find a healthy balance between being conscientious of their diabetes without letting it become the all-encompassing concern of their life.
The following highlights Dr. Edelman’s top tips for living beyond diabetes.
Living a successful life with diabetes requires a lifelong commitment; it takes motivation, persistence, knowledge and skill. Let Dr. Edelman provide a guiding light to living a happy and healthy life with diabetes.