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Yes, it is best if the person you're going to spend your life with knows you have diabetes. Unlike what the society thinks of diabetes, it is not something you should be ashamed of. Diabetes is not something which should define your life or who you are, though it is a major part of you. Building an honest relationship requires you to be vocal. Your future husband and in laws must be made aware of it so they can help you achieve a better living. If you hide this from them, the lengths you will have to go in order to hide it further can be extremely tiring and cause further stress. It is a fact that if your spouse is wise and well educated, he would know the realities of life and in turn help you deal with it. He will accept you the way you are, and help in overcoming the distresses. Having diabetes is not something you should hide, instead you should feel good that you're aware of it and can do something towards a long term healthy living. There are so many who don't even know they are diabetic. Although there is a chance that you might not be accepted by your future husband, it is highly unlikely. If it does, it’s time to question yourself,' Do I really want to be married to someone who can't help in times of distress?' Our experts believe that there's no right or wrong time to tell someone about your diabetes, but the earlier, the better. Therefore, don’t fear!
Yes, it is best if the person you're going to spend your life with knows you have diabetes. Unlike what the society thinks of diabetes, it is not something you should be ashamed of. Diabetes is not something which should define your life or who you are, though it is a major part of you. Building an honest relationship requires you to be vocal. Your future husband and in laws must be made aware... (Read More)
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Hello Arpita. Let us give you a brief about the kinds of diabetes that exist. As you must be aware, Type 1 is an auto immune disorder which occurs when cells which produce insulin are almost dead. Having this disorder, you are abreast with the fact that insulin is mandatory. This type is natural and we can't do anything to prevent it. Type 2 is preventable which could be cured with a proper and healthy lifestyle. For this, one has to maintain weight. Children with obesity have to be taken care of as they are the prime victims to it. They indulge and crave junk food and often tend to eat out. Being a parent, you have to make sure your kids remain active and follow a healthy regime. They have to maintain a healthy lifestyle where they get ample sleep, for nearly 7-8 hours daily. Don't restrict their diets completely, let them indulge - but in moderation. Let them remain physically active and mentally calm. Make them delicious healthy snacks at home. Let aside all those unhealthy snacks, and bring home healthy munchies which will fill appetite and satisfy their taste. Instead of fried snacks, bake them nuggets or saute vegetables. Make them whole wheat pancakes. Instead of samosas from outside, cook them at home as they're healthier and completely off trans-fat. Keep aside the potato fillings and instead get peas, corn, spinach, paneer and other vegetables. Use olive oil and instead of maida, get mixed oats whole wheat. Get an air fryer, and make use of your oven and microwave more than frying pan. Maintain their intake of water and keep it to 8-10 glasses a day. Keep your kitchen and fridge filled with fruits and snacks full of fibre, soya katoris, chana, roasted items, yoghurt, etc. Make burgers at home, use less cream and multi grain buns. Make sure they eat tofu, paneer and a lot of protein to build muscle as they're in a growing age. Don't put extra butter or ghee or such in their food as they already get sufficient nutrients from other items. We observe how kids are drawn to gadgets and junk food. Being gadget centric, they lose touch with outdoor activity. Keep them active and engage them in sports, go with them as it could help even your blood sugar. Be a friend to your kids. Don't make them feel burdened due to your ailment. Make them delicious food at home; take down recipes which are kid friendly. Bringing such a healthy lifestyle would help you as well. Any lifestyle which has diet, exercise delays any sort of diseases. Thus, by helping them, you’re also helping yourself!
Hello Arpita. Let us give you a brief about the kinds of diabetes that exist. As you must be aware, Type 1 is an auto immune disorder which occurs when cells which produce insulin are almost dead. Having this disorder, you are abreast with the fact that insulin is mandatory. This type is natural and we can't do anything to prevent it. Type 2 is preventable which could be cured with a proper and... (Read More)
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Yes, good things have definitely come out by being diabetic. It requires one to indulge in continuous healthy lifestyle habits, which become innate and help in the long run. Let me bring to you my story- Being a 50 year old patient myself, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 5 years back. I was a victim of an unhealthy and wayward lifestyle. I was an occasional alcoholic and chain smoker. With the onset of time, my health deteriorated drastically. I was 110 kg, massively overweight and had bad mood swings. I was susceptible to bouts of anger, frustration, anxiety and resorted to bad habits to cure them. My family and household was very disturbed and my work was also affected. I had bouts of depression and my anger knew no bounds. I was terrified with my position and did not make anyone around me happy. After my diagnosis, I realized my misdoings and was made aware of the health hazards I put myself into. My doctors said that with the coming of diabetes and my improving health standards, my longevity has increased. The major triumph came with me quitting smoking and drinking completely. I meditated every morning, made sure I exercised at least 15 minutes in a day and thus lost 25 kg. I am now at a healthy weight of 85 kg. I have more energy, stamina and enthusiasm to go about my days. I also had insomnia where I had to resort to medication and sleeping pills. This has become a thing of the past! I no longer take sleeping pills and wake up early mornings, meditate and concentrate. With my stamina boost, I took part in marathons and feel so much more determined to go about my days. Along with these, the situations at home have improved tenfold. I no longer have fights with my family, and have become a reason for their smiles. I have become a responsible father, husband, and colleague. Though my work was affected initially, I have now become a better employee and am able to do my utmost in the fields. I got a promotion very recently and contribute the success to my healthy living owing to diabetes. There is always a chance for improvement, and I am very proud about how far I’ve come!
Yes, good things have definitely come out by being diabetic. It requires one to indulge in continuous healthy lifestyle habits, which become innate and help in the long run. Let me bring to you my story- Being a 50 year old patient myself, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 5 years back. I was a victim of an unhealthy and wayward lifestyle. I was an occasional alcoholic and chain smoker. With... (Read More)
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Hello Shanaya, we empathise with your concern. Unfortunately, this happens with quite a lot of people and they find it difficult to deal with it. Many find diabetes a hassle, unable to make their families understand its complications, but this is not the case. With proper lifestyle management, anything is possible and the ‘hassle’ can be turned into a comfortable lifestyle. The main objective you must follow is to be strong willed and mentally calm. People might not understand that diabetics require medical attention as well as a healthy and comfortable environment. The foremost thing you must look into is talking it out and creating awareness. Take your family to the doctor’s and make them understand the implications of diabetes, if not taken care of properly. Once they visit the doctor, they will be convinced and will realize the importance of healthy living, and thus not say that you're projecting drama. It's important to make them realize that sugar levels have to be kept under check. If the sugar levels get altered, be it hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, other medical conditions will follow. This might get a little detrimental to the family environment. They need to be made aware of the fact that having diabetes is far from being a 'drama', it's a disease you have had since a very long time. It requires calm and comforting settings. Therefore it is important that you take utmost care of your lifestyle. Approach your spouse and tell him how you feel. Be vocal about everything and ask politely for help. Buy newspaper articles, magazines, cds, dvds or make your family watch videos on YouTube about diabetes. Visuals always spikes interests and would help in making them understand complications and importance. Though you can’t force them, take everything lightly and keep your mental levels calm. Whatever they say, and whenever they go against you, listen patiently and let it go, no matter how hard it gets. They will realize this on their own. You could also get in touch with diabetes support groups which would help in getting your thoughts and emotions out. Venting out your problems is a must and if you aren't able to do this at home, what better way to be vocal than with people who are also going through what you are. They would uplift your mood and help you better than anyone else. Thus, remember to try convincing, but if unable to, keep your mind strong and don't give in to their harsh statements.
Hello Shanaya, we empathise with your concern. Unfortunately, this happens with quite a lot of people and they find it difficult to deal with it. Many find diabetes a hassle, unable to make their families understand its complications, but this is not the case. With proper lifestyle management, anything is possible and the ‘hassle’ can be turned into a comfortable lifestyle. The main objective... (Read More)
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Depression is a medical condition that’s more than just feeling sad,stressed, or irritable once in a while. It’s especially common in women. Men go through depression too, but may be less likely to seek treatment. People who have certain conditions,such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes,are more likely to suffer from depression What are the symptoms of depression? Most people with depression will have several of these symptoms for most of the day, almost every day, for at least 2 weeks: • feeling down and depressed • losing interest in their usual activities • feeling that things that used to make them happy no longer do • weight loss or gain • trouble sleeping (insomnia) or sleeping too much • feeling agitated and nervous or feeling sluggish, like they’re moving slowly • having crying spells or being very emotional • feeling very tired and having no energy • having trouble focusing or making decisions • thinking about death or suicide Symptoms like these are normal after major losses,such as the death of a loved one, diagnosis of a new medical problem, or losing a job, but people should start feeling better after a few weeks. People with depression can’t trace their symptoms directly to medicines, medical conditions, or loss of a loved one. Contrary to what many people used to believe, depression is not a sign of personal weakness or failure. What causes depression? Researchers think depression is caused by a mix of physical, psychological, and genetic factors. Differences in how the brain works, how a person reacts to stressful events like chronic illness or divorce, and a history of depression in the family can all make someone more likely to get depression. What should I do if I think I have depression? If you have symptoms of depression, get help as soon as you can. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you’ll feel better. Diabetes and depression Depression is common in people with diabetes. In fact, diabetes doubles the risk for depression. People with diabetes are at high risk for depression throughout life. As many as 1 in every 3 people with diabetes has symptoms of depression. How is diabetes related to depression? It isn’t clear whether diabetes causes depression or exactly how depression is related to diabetes. But we do know that diabetes can make people feel overwhelmed by the demands of day-to-day care. It’s common for people with diabetes to worry about long-term complications, costs of diabetes care, and the effects of diabetes on family and works life. People wonder, “Why did I have to be the one to get diabetes?” How does depression affect diabetes? Depression can make it hard for you to focus on taking care of yourself. You might feel that its too much trouble to check your blood glucose (sugar) or try to choose healthy foods. Things can seem hopeless. When you don’t take care of yourself, blood glucose levels can rise. Frequent high blood glucose levels over time raise your risk for diabetes-related complications. Studies have shown that depression can even make aches and pains seem worse. What is the treatment for depression? Depression is treated with medicine and counseling (also called psychotherapy). Some people use both treatments; others find that either medicine or counseling alone helps them. Your health care provider can explain both kinds of treatments to help you choose what to do. There are several types of medicines that treat depression, called antidepressants. Some antidepressants take several weeks to help changes the way your brain works and improve your mood. But after a while, medicine can help you feel back to normal and can restore your sense of well-being. Counseling can teach you the skills you need to cope with the stresses in your life. Sometimes it helps to talk about problems with someone. A counselor can offer a fresh look at what’s going on in your life. Other ways to cope with depression Many people find that having the support of family and friends can be a comfort. Find someone to talk with about what’s going on. Or if it’s hard for you to talk about your feelings,spending time with family and friends can help you feel better. Physical activity can also help you feel better both when you’re depressed and once you’re feeling better. Take a walk every day, play with the kids, or find another activity you enjoy, like dancing, walking, or swimming. Activity can lift your spirits and provide other health benefits as well. Remember your risk for depression Depression can come and go throughout life. Knowing the symptoms and taking action to get help when depression occurs will help you return to “your old self” as soon as possible.
Depression is a medical condition that’s more than just feeling sad,stressed, or irritable once in a while. It’s especially common in women. Men go through depression too, but may be less likely to seek treatment. People who have certain conditions,such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes,are more likely to suffer from depression What are the symptoms of depression? Most people with... (Read More)
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