Getting Bad Health News
No one wants to get bad news, but it happens. It’s especially bad when it’s your doctor giving you this news because it can greatly scare you and stress you out. How do you deal with it? Well, here are a few different things you should keep in mind if you’ve been given bad news from a doctor.
Put it in Perspective
While bad news is definitely bad, there are degrees of badness. Being told you have high cholesterol isn’t nearly as bad as being told you have cancer. Remember to keep everything in perspective and not to over-react to news that may not be good but may not be entirely bad, either.
Is it Correctable?
Have you been diagnosed with something like pre-diabetes that can be stopped if you make lifestyle changes? If so, take it as the wakeup call that it is. Yes, it’s bad news, but it’s also good in that whatever the issue is, it was caught fairly early and you can work to stop it from getting worse.
Take diabetes, for example. In a few cases, diabetes will develop without any warning at all, but most usually, it’s easy to see a few of the early warning signs if you know what to watch for. For example, if you start to feel tired every time you eat, especially if you’re eating sweets or something high in carbs, you may be experiencing the feeling that come with high blood sugar levels. Signs of feeling sluggish, uncontrollable shaking, being unable to concentrate, or urinating very frequently can all be early warning signs. You may start to feel like you need a drink all the time, or you might be hungry more often.
If you’ve caught diabetes early, you may have time to make some lifestyle changes before you become full-on diabetic and require insulin. These changes include revamping your diet so it contains fewer carbohydrates and sugars, exercising more, and taking supplements designed to help control your blood sugar.
If it’s Really Bad
Many people are at first in shock. They never thought they would have cancer or heart failure or whatever. They may ask the doctor several times if it’s a confirmed diagnosis. Then they may quickly move into denial. That phase doesn’t usually last very long for most people—for some, it may last only as long as it takes to get a second opinion. This can be followed by anger and, finally, either acceptance and a strong dedication to beating the disease or acceptance and depression.
If you’ve made the decision to do everything you can to find your particular issue (and you should—in most cases, there’s no reason to become depressed and give up), one of the first things you’ll want to discuss with your doctor is how to change your lifestyle to help your body fight off the illness or issue. These can include things like stopping smoking, changing up your diet, and exercising more.
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