Coping With the Diagnosis of Diabetes
Chances are, you weren't expecting yourself or your loved one to be diagnosed with
type 1 diabetes. Many people are surprised when they get this news. It may help
you to know that you are not alone in having type 1 diabetes, or in caring for someone
who does. According to recent statistics, each year over 15,000 children in the
US are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. That averages out to more than 40 kids each
and every day. And, as you probably know, adults can get type 1 diabetes too. In
fact, of the 1.9 million adults (age 20 or older) in the US newly diagnosed with
diabetes each year, about 5 percent are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Fortunately,
with the right help, you can deal with the shock and stress you may feel by taking
charge and managing your, or your loved one's, type 1 diabetes.
There are healthy ways to cope with a type 1 diabetes diagnosis that can leave one
feeling empowered. It starts with acceptance. Yes, you, or someone you love, has type
1 diabetes. It is a serious condition. But, you can cope with it. You'll have questions.
You'll need information. That's why you, or your loved one with type 1 diabetes,
has a diabetes care team. Ask them whatever questions you may have. Be open to their
advice. Ask them for materials to take home and read. This section of our website
has a wealth of information on type 1 diabetes care, so be sure to come back to
The links below contain information that will help you or your loved one cope with
the changes needed to manage type 1 diabetes.
Be patient with yourself—it takes time to learn everything you need to know to manage
type 1 diabetes. So keep moving forward and taking positive steps toward dealing
with all of these changes and challenges. Take good care of yourself, and your loved
one with type 1 diabetes if you are a caregiver, and turn to others for needed support. Yes,
there are many things you have to do when you have, or care for someone with, type
1 diabetes. But you can do it! Stay with it. Remember that life with type 1 diabetes
can be much more than just manageable—it can be great!