Dr Aidin Rawshani

Living with diabetes: implications, strategies, challenges and prognosis


How to manage life with diabetes

“I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Christmas Eve when I was 17 years old. I never thought life would be possible to live again, but today my life is wonderful. I’m married, have three children, a dog and have learned to live with diabetes.”

Sara, 44 years old, type 1 diabetes

As long as you are healthy, you rarely reflect on your health. It is only when you get sick that you understand how valuable your health is. It’s never easy to get sick. Getting a chronic disease like diabetes is tough news for the vast majority of people. Fortunately, today we know that the vast majority of people with chronic diseases learn to cope with the disease and find joy in everyday life again. Getting the diagnosis of diabetes can lead to a lot of emotions. Some get very sad and worried while others find it nice to know why they haven’t felt well or had awkward symptoms. So there is a very large individual variation in how you react when you are told that you have diabetes. There is no reaction that is better than the other, but you have the right to react as you like.

Diabetes is a chronic disease

Your feelings are your right. It is important that you express your feelings to your surroundings and to your caregiver. Feel free to ask questions and talk about your concerns, expectations and concerns. Sometimes time is scarce in care and the caregiver does not always have time to take care of your feelings. Therefore, it is important that you actively address this topic if you want it. Talking about your fears, expectations and concerns is extremely important. When the opportunity is given, you should highlight all questions and topics of conversation that are important to you. After all, it is you who should live with diabetes and your caregiver’s task is to make life easier for you.

To tell others that you have diabetes

“I struggle every day to hide that I have diabetes. No one should know that I have the disease. I don’t even talk to my family about it.”

Jeremy, 59 years old, type 2 diabetes

Many people who are diagnosed with diabetes experience shame and guilt. This leads to the fact that one does not dare to talk about the disease. One must dare to talk about diabetes to normalize the disease. Over 400,000 Swedes have type 2 diabetes and 50,000 Swedes have type 1 diabetes. Basically all Swedes know someone who has diabetes. Do not be afraid to tell your loved ones that you have diabetes. When the time is ripe, you can even tell friends and colleagues. It can make it easier for you in the long run. You don’t have to come up with excuses and excuses, and you can get understanding from your surroundings when needed. Last but not least, it will be easier for your surroundings to help you in the event of misfortune.

Get answers to your questions

Some people who get diabetes don’t want to know anything about the disease. Because they feel better not knowing anything about the disease. We recommend that you try to find out as much as you can and can. The more you know about diabetes, the easier it will be for you to cope with the disease, as well as to prevent complications to the disease. If you have a chronic disease, it is important that you are well informed about everything from treatment options to prognosis. Today, the prognosis and treatment possibilities are very good. People with type 2 diabetes can actually have the same life expectancy as people without diabetes. For people with type 1 diabetes, the prognosis has improved significantly in recent decades and it continues to improve every day.

What do I do if I suspect that I have diabetes?

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