More than 2 million Canadians have diabetes.
Tips for Managing Diabetes at HomeDealing with parents: If you’ve grown up with diabetes your parents are probably used to managing your diabetes for you. And if you’ve recently been diagnosed your parents may suddenly seem like they’re getting intensely involved in your life. Sometimes it’s hard for parents to accept that you’re growing up and you want to be responsible for your own health.
What to do about it: Sit down with your parents and have a talk with them about your diabetes management. Tell them what you think you are capable of doing on your own and why. Negotiate what your role should be and what their role should be. If you’re having a hard time coming to an agreement, start with small changes and when you succeed ask for more responsibility. It might help having your diabetes educator there to offer opinions and advice.
Remember: You can always renegotiate in a month or two.
Dealing with feelings and moods: It’s normal to have a whole bunch of different emotions about being diagnosed with diabetes. You might be angry, afraid or depressed. Believe it or not, your parents, siblings and other family members might be experiencing the same (or similar) things. Talk to them about your diabetes and what you’re going through and try to work through it together. Remember: Your diabetes team is always there for you. Talk to them and ask questions whenever you need to.