Saturday, October 4, 2008

Diabetes: Living Your Life

Having diabetes may mean adjustments at work and in your social life. But these changes need not keep you from succeeding at work and enjoying your leisure time.

Family and Friends

Your family and friends may have questions about diabetes. They may have a hard time understanding why you need to make changes in your life. Urge them to learn about diabetes with you. Spend time with friends who support you in taking good care of yourself.

Special Occasions

Parties and holidays often involve more or different food and drink. You can still enjoy special occasions:

  • At parties, focus on enjoying music, dancing, or talking to friends.

  • When going to a party, bring a snack or appetizer that works well for you.

  • Before the next holiday, learn how to fit traditional foods into your meal plan.

  • Religious holidays may involve fasting or other changes in the way you eat. Talk to your doctor, your dietitian, and your clergy about how you can observe holidays safely.


Lunch meetings, shift changes, or business travel may affect diabetes management.

  • Make managing your diabetes a priority. If your work schedule changes often or you find it hard to manage your daily tasks, talk to your healthcare provider and your employer.

  • You may need to make special arrangements to do your daily diabetes management tasks, such as checking your blood sugar.

  • Unless having diabetes makes you unable to do your job safely, discrimination on the basis of your health is illegal.

Tell your healthcare provider if you’re feeling helpless or hopeless, or are having trouble sleeping or eating. These are symptoms of depression, a serious but treatable problem.

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