Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and frequent urination (especially at night); unexplained increase in appetite; unexplained weight loss; fatigue; erection problems; blurred vision; and tingling, burning, or numbness in the hands or feet.
To treat type 1 diabetes, you need insulin. You can give yourself insulin through an insulin pump, an insulin pen, or a syringe (needle). Insulin, exercise, and a healthy diet can help prevent or delay problems from diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you may be able to control your blood sugar by losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and getting daily exercise. You may also have to take insulin or other diabetes medicine.
How can you cope with having diabetes?
To help you cope:
- Praise and reward yourself for things that go well.
- Try not to be too critical of yourself.
- List the benefits of managing diabetes.
- Imagine yourself getting better at caring for diabetes in the future.
- Write down your feelings and thoughts about diabetes.