What is one of the biggest struggles for people with diabetes?

Marilyn Ricci, M.S., R.D.
Nutrition & Dietetics

It is difficult to maintain blood glucose levels so that complications of diabetes are avoided. This takes a huge commitment to eating a healthy, well balanced diet and maintaining weight in a desirable range. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and how to live a healthful life. There is nothing more valuable than your health. Adjustments that you have to make to keep your diabetes in control are well worth doing, to live a long and happy life. 

Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

The biggest struggle for people with diabetes is how to balance management of diabetes in one’s lifestyle. It is essential to seek emotional and medical support from family, friends and your health care team to feel your best. Be honest and positive, control your diabetes and do not let it control you.

Sarah Krieger
Nutrition & Dietetics
There can be many struggles when a person is newly diagnosed with diabetes, but the main one is being in denial about it. Some people may also get great blood sugar control with diet and fitness only---meaning no oral hypoglycemic pills or insulin are required--but then only having glucose checked when at the physician's visit. So one other struggle may be the lack of interest, supplies or care to check that glucose at least once a day, but before and/or after meals is best to really keep it under control.
Lynn Grieger
Nutrition & Dietetics
People with diabetes face many daunting obstacles, but in my over 20 years of working as a certified diabetes educators, I think the biggest struggle is figuring out how to fit diabetes management into your life, so that diabetes doesn't take over your life. Learning how to combine regular blood glucose testing, exercise, healthy eating, medications, regular eye exams, and daily foot care can seem overhwelming and seemingly impossible. Taking a proactive approach, where diabetes self-care becomes a part of your life without taking over your life, is key for both a happy and fulfilling life, as well as a healthy life.

For many people with diabetes, food is the biggest struggle. The millions of us who have ever tried a “diet” know how hard it is to change how we eat. Diabetes is filled with food myths. Most people need help knowing what’s true and what’s not about diabetes and food. Your time and money will be well spent if you decide to get some education from a registered dietitian or a certified diabetes educator.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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