SOCIAL EFFECTS OF DIABETES

SOCIAL EFFECTS OF DIABETES

Diabetes is more than a health condition. For most people, it’s a new way of life, and it affects relationships in all areas as much as it affects eating and physical activity.

Sports are an important part of many people’s lives. Teamwork, camaraderie, and physical activity are vital parts of a well-rounded life. Diabetes doesn’t have to alter that. Exercise is essential in diabetes management, and participation in sports can provide this and other benefits. But it does require some extra effort by the diabetic.

One important component is tracking the effect of exercise on glucose levels, reacting to changes with Insulin or food. The varying lengths and intensity of games and practices will need to be accommodated.

Another important factor is incorporating the team concept. The coach should be educated and prepared, and alert to the diabetics needs.

It’s a good idea to set up an advance meeting, rather than try to discuss all the factors at the first practice.

Letting the player’s teammates know about the diabetes and the player’s needs is a good idea, too.

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On the Job

When a person with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes enters the work force, they could have had their condition for some time and understand their requirements. There are no concrete steps to follow when meshing work and diabetes, because each person’s situation is different.

In certain jobs, it may not ever be necessary for the employer or coworkers to know you have diabetes. In other situations, reasonable accommodation may have to be requested .

Here are some factors to consider:

Is the job flexible so you can monitor glucose, eat snacks, and/or take insulin? If the specifics of the job or work environment don’t automatically accommodate these needs, talk to your employer about adjusting the requirements of your position or schedule.

Does the job require the employee to do activities that could be dangerous in the occasion of hypoglycemia?· Do certain requirements of the job, such as rotating to a midnight shift, cause disruptions of sleep cycles and meal times to the extent that glucose levels become difficult to manage? In such a case, a doctor’s letter may help you get the employer to accommodate this.

The diabetic’s planning skills will come in handy as they embark on any new job venture.

Family Impact Due to Diabetes

The family member who prepares the meals may make significant changes to help the diabetic. Fried foods, greasy side dishes and sugary desserts may be replaced with baked foods, raw vegetables and fresh fruit, possibly causing dissent or confusion within the family. Servings may be smaller and snacks discouraged.

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These changes may feel forced upon the family members who are not ill. However, most components of a diabetic diet are healthy for everyone, making the new meals plans a beneficial change for every family member. Open communication about how each person feels about mealtime changes can help everyone adjust.

Support Groups

At any stage of life, knowing others who have been through the same experiences as you have, or that you are about to endure, can help you through.

Socializing with people who understand your needs and responsibilities can be relaxing and fun. And helping others get through things you’ve already mastered may be most rewarding of all.

Local and online support groups can make a major difference in how you handle your diabetes.

How do you help someone diagnosed with diabetes cope with the pressures of constant self-care?

It’s a big struggle. People live their lives and have a certain way of living it and have certain habits and routines. Those things are very hard to break. When you get diagnosed with diabetes, you don’t have to totally break them. But now you have to fit in something else throughout the day every day for the rest of your life.

This involves checking your blood sugar, taking your medication, watching what you eat, doing some kind of physical activity, following up with your doctor.

Some people decide their diabetes care either doesn’t fit into their routine or it falls short on their priority list. Most people will list their job and their family and other things way above diabetes care on their priority list.

Diabetics must make the connection that if they don’t take care of themselves and don’t manage the disease properly, then they’re not going to be around to have a job or spend time with their family.

Acceptance

Acceptance is often the last emotional phase that is associated with diabetes. The diabetic will eventually come to terms with their disease.

They will realize that they have to make healthy lifestyle changes in order to lead a full and productive life.

Knowing that they can change the way they eat and take care of themselves will help them live longer and be less likely to encounter diabetes-related health problems.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve mental health or any information or questions or comments you would like to make on the topics discussed in this post.

Please send an email to momo19@diabetessupportsite.com or leave your comments below.

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2 Comments

Thomas Bestward

August 29, 2017 at 6:43 pm

I really enjoyed this article. I have a few people in my life who struggle with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and understand the stresses that accompany it. I liked the way your article flows.
I am very happy I got the chance to read this and hope the best for you and your site in the future.

    momo19

    August 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Hello Thomas,

    Thanks for your kind comments about this site.

    If you’re friends are struggling to cope with diabetes, it is important for them to remember to be patient with themselves. 

    They should try to  learn all that you can about diabetes. The more they know about their condition, the better they will be able to take  care of themselves.

    There are many new resources available to help them manage their diabetes.

     If they have a smartphone, apps designed for people with diabetes can help them count carbs, watch their blood sugar levels, and track their progress with diet and exercise. 

    If they have a hard time remembering to take their medications, they can sign up for text message reminders as well.

    A good support system is essential to coping with  diabetes. Spending time with friends and family or talking with someone they trust are great ways to manage diabetes distress. 

    They can also join a diabetes support group like this site to connect with other people who are living with diabetes. 

    Support groups are especially helpful if they are feeling alone or different because of their diabetes.

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