Receiving a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes can certainly warrant a change in your lifestyle. It can alter your eating habits, hangouts, associations between friends, and many other areas of your life. But what about the people around you? Even if they do not have the disease, Type 2 diabetes can still create quite a different environment for them, as well.
How much of an impact can it have on friends? Consider a typical lifestyle for someone who is social. They like to dine out with their friends. Perhaps they occasionally go out for drinks. They might also have a tendency to gather for parties that are loaded with snacks.
Now, you have been diagnosed with diabetes and given a laundry list of changes that not only need to occur, but have to occur. No more excessive drinking with friends. Dining out will have to be in places where you can order a healthy option for your meal. And no more bingeing on unhealthy snack foods at parties.
Okay, so you can make these changes. But what if you have a family at home? How will this new development affect them?
The most common mistake is believing diabetes will only affect the diabetic. This is far from the truth. When a member of a household is given the news of their disease, it has a ripple effect that touches everyone within the walls of the home. Now, you are not only going to make lifestyle changes for yourself, but for everyone else, as well. This is the way it will need to be if there is a chance you will be able to keep your condition under control.