It happens to someone in the United States every 17 seconds: being diagnosed with diabetes. Those first few moments, hours, and days can feel like the world is crumbling. There may be prescriptions for medicine you don’t understand and recommendations to change your lifestyle. You may find that suddenly your dinner looks like a plate of question marks instead of food.
There is a tremendous amount of information out there for someone newly diagnosed with diabetes, but the fact that it can be so overwhelming can leave many of us feeling lost. Even if you decide to go home and do your own research, there are hundreds of websites with thousands of pages, jam-packed with information. (diabetes.org alone has 10,000 webpages!)
So where do you start?
If you (or someone you know) have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there is a new, free resource designed for you. The Where Do I Begin? Living with Type 2 Diabetes booklet provides an overview of diabetes basics – exactly the kind of information you want to have in your arms when you leave your doctor’s office on that first day of diagnosis. In fact, that’s what it was made for! Participating health care professionals are now providing this information to their newly diagnosed patients across the country.
If your doctor’s office isn’t participating, you can still get a copy of this booklet by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) and asking for a copy of the Where Do I Begin? Living with Type 2 Diabetes booklet.
The next step is to enroll in the second part of this program; a free 12-month program, available in English or Spanish, complete with information packets at regular intervals on a variety of diabetes-related topics. That’s right – rather than get weighed down by all the information out there, this information will come to you via mail or email! The initiative also points you to resources and community forums for those who have been newly diagnosed.
Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed, but it’s the seconds, minutes, hours, and years after your diagnosis that the American Diabetes Association wants to be there for you. This program is another way we can join together to Stop Diabetes. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and would like to join this program, enroll by visiting the Association’s website or calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
The Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program is supported in part by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Kraft Foods, McNeil Nutritionals – makers of Splenda, Sanare and its consumer company, BrightSky and the Walmart Foundation.