Dealing with Diabetes

How to Manage Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes does change your life, but it certainly isn't the end. Although you're exposed to a whole new world—a world that includes the diabetic diet, medications, insulin, glucose, watching your carbs, and taking frequent blood tests—you can handle this new world. You can learn how to deal with diabetes in your everyday life.

Yes, there's a lot to learn, and it can seem overwhelming, but you're definitely not alone. Many people with diabetes feel like this. And we're here to help. We'll show you simple ways to manage your diabetes, including common treatments and information you need to know to stay up-to-date on your condition.

Diabetes is largely managed by you. But your diabetes treatment team, which may include a primary care physician, endocrinologist, dietitian, and certified diabetes educator, will be there to support you every step of the way. Add a few key tools, such as educating yourself about the diabetes, and you'll be well prepared to handle this new life.

In this article, you can learn about dealing with type 1 diabetes, or dealing with type 2 diabetes.

Dealing with Type 1 Diabetes

When you have type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile diabetes), your body doesn't produce insulin—a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and binds with glucose to give you energy.

Dealing with type 1 diabetes is all about balance—balancing what and when you eat and the activities you do with the insulin you take. All this helps you work toward your blood glucose level goals.

Read our article on the basics of type 1 diabetes to help you learn more about your condition.

Dealing with Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes—the more common type of diabetes—means that your body doesn't use insulin properly or it doesn't make enough of it.

To help you learn more about your condition, read our article on the basics of type 2 diabetes.

Lifestyle factors, such as eating well and exercising, play a big role in helping you deal with type 2 diabetes. Eating well and getting regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight (if you need to do that) and keep blood glucose levels stable.

Need ideas for what to eat? To help you get started, visit our Diabetic Recipes Center for hundreds of delicious recipes that taste good and are good for you.

Managing Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
Whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, you'll learn that everything you do impacts your blood glucose levels—what you eat, when you eat, whether you exercise, and the amount of stress in your life, for example. We'll show you how easy it is to manage these things.

Remember that your diabetes treatment team will help you deal with your diabetes, but support from your family members and friends can also help you deal with diabetes, too. They can provide you with encouragement and help you stay on track. You can handle this. You can live well with diabetes.

This article series will help you navigate type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes—from eating well with diabetes  to managing diabetes in your everyday life.

Updated on: August 5, 2014