So…you have just been officially diagnosed as a diabetic. What does that even mean?!? It may have come as a total surprise to you. You had no idea that this would happen. You are in denial. Surely the lab tests were wrong. Or maybe your doctor has been telling you for years that your blood sugars “are a little high.” Maybe he or she has been telling you to “watch your diet” and “exercise more.” Maybe diabetes runs in your family and so maybe you were half expecting this to happen–but not this soon. So now what? Is this a certain death sentence? Does this mean no more Almond Roca for you? Will you have to take insulin shots? Maybe your doctor is scheduling you to meet with a diabetes educator or attend classes for diabetics. If so, some of the topics below may sound familiar. But here it is now all in one place. Learn as much as you can about diabetes in general and your diagnosis in particular.

Here’s an infographic from Mount Sinai Hospital to get you started. [Click here to view infographic and then enlarge it on your  screen.]

While you are learning more about diabetes, start by writing down your personal goals. I like to do this between Christmas and New Year’s (instead of making New Year’s resolutions), but of course it can be done at any time. For more details on how to write goals (or objectives) and strategies, see this article.

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