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Tue Feb 02 14:52:03 UTC 2010

how do I cope? besides diabetes, i have high cholesterol, triglycerides (see below)
Asked By: fagala  

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hypothyroid, plantar fasciitius and chronic kidney stones. I just had surgery for herina repair and need to have a bone spur on my hip (which makes exercising difficult -even walking) taken care of.
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2010-02-28 21:40:43.0

Dear fagala, Thanks for writing into dLife for help with your stress. It is almost more usual for someone to have elevated lipids and cholesterol and diabetes than not to have those conditions. It appears you have had your diabetes for many years (1989) per your profile. It is not unusual for a person who has had type 2 diabetes this long to be on insulin and perhaps other oral diabetes medications. I hope you have attended diabetes education classes and have an established relationship with a diabetes educator. This person can help you problem solve and make sure your diabetes medicine regimen is as good as it can be. That is the first step to coping. Second, you need to identify what is making you feel you are not coping? Your question was rather vague. Sometimes people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, are depressed and need medication/counseling to help with this condition. In fact, depression is very common, but less often diagnosed and treated. Discuss your symptoms with your physician and get his/her evaluation. If you are not depressed, consider joining a diabetes support group. That might help you. It is also important for you to take good care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep and try to have regular mealtimes. Include exercise if you are able to exercise. Cultivate frendships, particularly among people who are supportive of you and are good listeners. They can help you deal with some of the issues that may be bothering you. At this point in time, it is unlikely that your diabetes is going to disappear. So, it is time to accept that and try to lead as normal of life as possible.
Answered By: Janice Fisher
Accreditations: RD, LD, PHD, CDE, BC-ADM
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