Diagnosis To Diva
Are you struggling with you’re diabetes? Are you feeling overwhelmed from one day to the next?
Facing an illness is a life changing event. Research has shown that people who are more engaged in their health care enjoy better results. But if you’re struggling with your meds, foods, family and moods – where do you start?
Divabetic wants to help you take charge of your diabetes like a diva! The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic developed the Divabetic 9 Steps with a team of national diabetes educators to help you transform your life and journey from ‘Diagnosis to DIVA!’
For the past 8 years, Divabetic has inspired women to face their diagnosis head on and seek the proper care necessary to resume a healthy, full life. Mr. Divabetic and his entourage of friendly diabetes educators, beauty/fashion experts and fitness instructors have presented ‘Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes’ diabetes programming to thousands of women living with diabetes across the country. He’s witnessed firsthand how boosting someone’s confidence with beauty and fashion services can impact improve their diabetes health in a positive way. Plus, we experienced how a little lipstick can go a long way to helping boost spirits after having a difficult day dealing unexpected blood sugar readings.
Follow easy step-by-step approach to help empower you to manage your diabetes self-care with confidence, inspiration and knowledge. Divabetic created a different step to represent each letter in the phrase ‘Divabetic.’ The Divabetic 9 Steps also relate to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 7 Self Care Behaviors: Healthy Eating, Taking Medications, Monitoring, Reducing Risks, Problem Solving, Being Active, and Healthy Coping.
Use the ‘Divabetic 9′ as your blueprint to living the “glamorous life” aka a life without diabetes health-related complications. Keep in mind, the most important thing is to feel good about yourself and your health.
Diagnosis To Diva! Step #1
- D = Declare Out Loud that You’re Living With Diabetes
You have to “claim it” to change it. Diabetes is a complicated disease. It can affect many areas of your body as well as many areas of your life. What you eat, when you eat, treatments and medications, testing your blood glucose, exercising… all these play a role in successful management of diabetes. No one should deal with diabetes alone.
First, you need to admit to yourself that you are in fact living with diabetes. If you don’t like the term ‘diabetic’ then we recommend using the term ‘DIVAbetic’ to remind you that you are still a beautiful, loving woman. Next, you need to start talking to your girlfriends, co-workers and family about your condition.
Learning to accept your diagnosis may take days, weeks, months and/or years but coming to terms with the fact that you need help managing your diabetes is truly the first step to living a happy, healthy life with diabetes.
It’s normal for people living with diabetes to wonder if they’re somehow to blame for their condition. It’s also normal to think that a diagnosis of diabetes is somehow a mistake.
However, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), if people living with diabetes are checking their blood sugar only once every few weeks or ignoring their doctor’s suggestions regarding diet and exercise, they are probably in denial.
The ADA also suggests that a person is probably in denial if they habitually say any of the following:
- “One bite of this fatty/sugary/unhealthy food won’t hurt.”
- “I’ve had sores before. This one will heal by itself like the others did.”
- “I don’t have time to do all the things they say I need to do.”
- “I feel fine. I don’t need to see the doctor yet.”
The longer a person remains in denial about diabetes, the longer the disease controls them — instead of them controlling it. Take ‘control’ like one of our favorite divas, Janet Jackson. YOU can do it!
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