I Have AFib. What Should I Do to Prevent Diabetes?
Obtain and follow the recommendations of your health care provider regarding testing for diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses. Learn the signs and symptoms of diabetes. If you experience symptoms of diabetes, consult with your health care provider.
Take your medication as ordered. If you are taking blood thinners, take care to prevent injuring yourself from cuts and bruises. Follow the dietary recommendations provided by your doctor. Get blood tests as ordered. If you are overweight, take steps to lose excess weight.
It may seem overwhelming to have a serious health condition and learn that you are at risk for yet another one. You may even get discouraged at times and think, “Why bother, I can’t do anything about it.”
Don’t let yourself go there. If you manage AFib or diabetes carefully, your efforts will have a major impact on your risk for developing complications and further ills. You have the knowledge and power to live well despite your illness. Learn all that you can about your condition and living well. Join a support group online or in your community.
Doing everything that you can to manage and cope with your illness is essential. However, living well is just as important. Be careful not to be so focused on your illness that you forget to enjoy your life.
Don’t live in fear. Take the necessary steps to manage your health and then let go of the outcomes. Spend time doing what you enjoy. Laugh and play with friends and family. Get outside and enjoy a sunset. Learn a new healthy, delicious recipe. Stay active. Do you like to dance? If you have been sedentary, consider taking a short stroll each morning.
Living well is an essential part of staying healthy. Even if you have physical challenges that do not permit you to engage in some of the activities you enjoy most, you can choose to try new activities. You may find them just as, or more enjoyable than some you no longer do.
It’s important to look at the big picture when living with any chronic challenge. Take care of your whole self. This includes taking steps to improve your physical and mental health. Nurture your relationships with others and acknowledge your spiritual needs.