When we are given a challenge in life, we have a choice in how we can respond to it. We can moan, groan and be annoyed about it, or we can choose to respond in a more proactive manner. We can see it not necessarily as a negative thing, but a challenge to be faced head on.

If you have been told that diabetes is now a part of your life and your health, it is natural to feel dismayed that you have yet another thing to deal with in your already busy life. Now you have to factor in regular doctor visits for diabetes monitoring and education? And now you also have to choose the foods you eat more carefully and fully commit to exercising regularly, if you haven’t already. It is no wonder if you feel frustrated by this new development.

It might help to think of the challenges which accompany your diabetes as things which you can take charge of so that you feel more in control of things. It can be very unnerving to go along, living your life and think you have everything in line, only to have your body remind you that it is actually running things. In truth, we are at the mercy of our bodies so it makes sense to take the best possible care of ourselves.

If your body is out of its natural state of balance, it can quickly become quite inconvenient. This is why it is important to pair up with the best possible diabetes doctor. They will help you to learn about diabetes as well as the pancreas, and insulin and their roles in your body.

By educating yourself about your body and how it functions, as well as what happens when the body is out of its natural harmony and rhythms, you can work to change what is going wrong inside. You can learn to anticipate which triggers can worsen your diabetes and what strategies you can use to help manage it.

The first thing you can do to take charge of your diabetes is to pick up the phone and make your appointment with your diabetes doctor today. There is no reason to delay and in fact, delaying only means that it will take longer to get used to your new routines. Chances are good that you haven’t been feeling your best lately, with either too much sugar in your blood or too much insulin in your system at any given time. You can get back to feeling better and more balanced by picking up the phone without delay.

While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things that you can do to prepare. Get a pen and paper and write down what you have eaten for the last few days, if you can remember, or at least for your last few meals. Try to give your doctor an accurate portrayal of your typical food consumption. Be honest, because you need to let them know if you have a sweet tooth, or if you really like carbohydrates. They can help you to make an eating plan where you can still enjoy your favorite foods as treats, but without sabotaging your body or your diabetes care plan.  What are you waiting for? Make that appointment and that food journal today.