Are You in Diabetes Denial?


Paige Greenfield

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When people first learn they have diabetes, many react with a similar emotion: denial. You could be in denial about your diagnosis if you find yourself thinking, “This isn’t happening to me” or “The doctors must be wrong.”

The sentiment is so common that many doctors expect patients to feel this way after delivering a diagnosis. Denial may be our mind’s natural way of coping with bad news—a powerful defense mechanism. It keeps us from becoming depressed and distraught. But over time, the reality sinks in, and denial gives way to acceptance. People come to terms with the fact that they have diabetes and learn how to live with it.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is key to managing type 2 diabetes, but it can be hard to stay on track. Dr. Anthony Cardillo explains that focusing on diet, exercise and stress reduction can help you maintain control of your diabetes.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 13, 2015

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