In this section, learn more about common concerns that people with diabetes face every day. These include what happens when you're sick, and when you travel, should you get a flu/pneumonia shot, and dealing with feelings like anger and depression.
When You're Sick
Being sick can make your blood glucose (sugar) level go up very high. It can also cause serious conditions that can put you in a coma. The best way to prevent a minor illness from becoming a major problem is to work out a plan of action for sick days ahead of time.
For more information please visit the link: http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/when-you%27re-sick.jsp
Flu & Pneumonia Shots
Having the flu can be dangerous for anyone. But it is extra risky for people with diabetes or other chronic health problems.
For more information please visit the link: http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/flu-and-pneumonia-shots.jsp
When You Travel
Planning a trip? Whether you're camping or cruising, you can go anywhere and do almost anything. It just takes a little planning ahead to handle your diabetes.
For more information please visit the link: http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/travel/when-you-travel.jsp
Tips for Emergency Preparedness
Recent concerns about terrorist attacks have simply increased our awareness of the need to be prepared if a disaster strikes. People with diabetes must consider proper diabetes care when they make emergency plans.
For more information please visit the link: http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/travel/emergency-tips.jsp
Diabetes is the perfect breeding ground for anger. Anger can start at diagnosis with the question, "Why me?" You may dwell on how unfair diabetes is: "I'm so angry at this disease! I don't want to treat it. I don't want to control it. I hate it!"
For more information please visit the link: http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/anger.jsp
Feeling down once in a while is normal. But some people feel a sadness that just won't go away. Life seems hopeless. Feeling this way most of the day for two weeks or more is a sign of serious depression.
For more information please visit the link: http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/depression.jsp
Denial is that voice inside repeating: "Not me." Most people go through denial when they are first diagnosed with diabetes. "I don't believe it. There must be some mistake," they say.
For more information please visit the link: http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/denial.jsp
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