Once upon a time, a diabetes diagnosis meant a life sentence of constantly testing your blood glucose, writing down the results, and photocopying them for your health care team. It also meant memorizing hundreds of food choices and writing down their carbohydrate concentration before you went out to dinner or to the supermarket. Those days are over. With the advent of the iPhone, iPad, and dozens of other smart phones and devices, everything you need to maintain your blood glucose is at your fingertips.
For many people, learning that they have diabetes can be a life-changing event with lots of questions. How will it affect my life? What about my job? Who should I tell? The good news is that even though diabetes is a serious metabolic disease, science and medicine have made significant strides in learning how to manage it. For most diabetics, it involves making a few reasonable but important changes in their lives.