(HealthDay News) -- Dealing with diabetes can be a tough pill to swallow, and denial is common, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says. But ignoring doctor's orders can have enormous health consequences.
Regular testing can help you control your blood sugar and avoid diabetes complications, the association says. You should also stick to a healthy diet (with a dietitian's help) and make lifestyle changes such as avoiding smoking and drinking. Remember, too, to check your feet for any sores or other abnormalities, says the ADA.
"Denial is human," the association says, when you get bad news about your health. But acknowledging that you have diabetes and dealing with the consequences can help you stay healthy -- now and in the future.