Managing Diabetes Isn’t Easy, But It’s Worth It

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THE NATIONAL DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM

New NDEP videos offer support to help people with diabetes stay healthy

BY THE NATIONAL DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM

Managing diabetes is a balancing act that includes maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, making healthy food choices and taking medicines as prescribed. As you get older, you may develop other health problems or experience changes in your life that can affect your health. Ongoing diabetes education and support can help you manage your diabetes during times of change.

If you are struggling with your diabetes, you’re not alone. Making changes in how you care for your health is a matter of trying and learning. According to results from a survey by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint program of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many people living with diabetes don’t feel confident about self-management activities such as monitoring blood glucose (blood sugar), meal planning, physical activity and knowing what to do when blood glucose gets too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia).

Boosting Your Confidence

The NDEP has released new videos to support people with diabetes and suggest steps they can take to cope with some of the stress, emotions and daily tasks associated with this disease. These videos feature people with diabetes sharing their experiences and important information about the following topics:

  • Hyperglycemia and Diabetes: Hyperglycemia can cause tiredness, nausea, irritability and lightheadedness. Find out what to do if you have high blood sugar.
  • Hypoglycemia and Diabetes: Hypoglycemia is a common problem for people with diabetes who take insulin or medications to increase insulin production. Learn what the symptoms of hypoglycemia are, what triggers the condition and what to do to prevent it.
  • Heart Disease and Diabetes: Many people don’t know that heart disease is the #1 killer of people with diabetes. But you can keep your heart healthy if you have diabetes.
  • Coping with Diabetes: Coping with diabetes can be challenging and stressful. See what coping strategies have helped other people with diabetes handle the stress of living with this chronic disease.
  • Finding Diabetes Support: Being diagnosed with diabetes can be upsetting and overwhelming. Family and friends, especially those who also have diabetes, can become a powerful support network.
  • Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. Managing your diabetes can help protect your kidneys.

You can find the video series by going to www.youtube.com/NIDDKgov or www.youtube.com/NDEPgov. You can also view NDEP’s new “What is Diabetes?” animated video on YouTube. This video explains what diabetes is, the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, possible complications and ways to manage the disease. For more evidence-based information about diabetes and related health issues, visit the NDEP website at www.ndep.nih.gov, and the NIDDK website at www.niddk.nih.gov.