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I was diagnosed with diabetes, what are the next steps and what should I expect?

23 November 2020


Key points:

  • Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure and is caused by a deficiency of insulin in the pancreas.
  • Having a normal lifestyle is possible if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, as long as you follow all of your doctor’s recommendations.
  • Performing physical activity and modifying your diet will be the key elements to avoid complications with this disease.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that originates because the pancreas does not synthesize the amount of insulin that the body needs, produces it of a lower quality, or is not able to use it effectively.

I have diabetes, what should I do?

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have a lot of questions. It can be confusing and overwhelming with all the new things to learn, in this article we will talk about the habits you must adopt to have a good quality of life even with the disease.

Plan your diet

If you’re obese, your doctor will probably put you on a special diet to lower the fat and sugars in your body. It is very important that you follow the nutrition specialist’s instructions to adapt to this new lifestyle.

Some nutritious foods indicated for this condition are:

  • Magnesium
  • Proteins
  • Healthy fats
  • Omega 3
  • Fiber

Follow your treatment 100%

As with any disease, it is of the utmost importance that you fully follow the treatment indicated by your treating doctor, this will improve your health and help your quality of life increase considerably.

Always remember to drink enough water

When sugar levels rise considerably, it is common to urinate more than usual since the body tries to eliminate the excess in this way, this favors dehydration.

Perform moderate physical activity and with a specialist’s help

Exercise is basic to improve insulin sensitivity and avoid obesity, but when you practice it, your body consumes more energy. Think that in an hour of exercise you consume 40-60 grams of carbohydrates. If you take medication, eat a small snack before and after exercise to compensate and avoid a drop in glucose. The most recommended activity is walking, swimming, or just going up and down stairs.

What will your life with diabetes be like?

You will be able to lead a completely normal personal, social, and family life if you follow all of your doctor’s recommendations.

Diabetes is not a disabling disease, knowing a lot about it, staying informed and going to all your medical appointments will help you learn to handle each situation that arises.

We are more than ready to welcome you and help you with an assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

If you need to perform clinical tests, contact our Clinical Laboratory at:

Observatorio Campus: 55 5230 8000
Santa Fe Campus: 55 1103 1600

At ABC Medical Center’s Diabetes Clinic, we can provide you with specialized care. Contact us!


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