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It’s an emotional blow when the doctor reveals your diabetes diagnosis. You’re not alone.

Diabetes is a disease plaguing more than 29 million Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association, disproportionately affecting African Americans.

Emotions after diagnosis can range from guilt to denial. Guilt can arise from self-blame – “I should’ve eaten healthier foods.” Denial typically sets in until further tests confirm the initial results.

For anyone living with diabetes, here is a list of strategies to remain positive and feel better about your diagnosis.

1. Arm Yourself With Knowledge

Learn everything you can about living with diabetes – from medication routines to symptoms and treatment.  Knowing the symptoms can take away potential panic and confusion about the way you may be feeling.

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