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The moment a person is diagnosed with diabetes, the first reaction is fear and panic. I am diagnosed with diabetes so I cannot eat anything. I am diagnosed with diabetes, I have to live on medications. I am diagnosed with diabetes, my life has come to an end. These are few things that we usually hear when a person is diagnosed with diabetes for the first time. But with time we do come to terms and accept the fact that we are diabetic, although it is not easy. Dr Pradeep Gadge, Diabetologist, Shreya Diabetes Centre, Mumbai, explains the four common stages a person goes through when diagnosed with diabetes -- RAMA.
RAMA: 4 stages after diagnosed with diabetes
When a person is diagnosed with diabetes, it is very common to go through a series of emotional feelings before finally accepting that he has diabetes. These four stages are called RAMA. Here's how to your medical test report: Blood glucose tests.
R for Rejection: Once diagnosed, the first thing is that we refuse to accept the fact that we have diabetes. You might feel that the reports are wrong. So you go for a second opinion, third opinion, and so on, till you finally realise that the reports are right.
A for Agitation: Once you realise that the reports are right and you have diabetes, it is human nature to get agitated. We often say "Why me"? "What wrong have I done in life that I got this deadly disease?". The person goes into frustration, depression, anger and guilt.
M for mellowing down: As the person deals with the emotional signs, he slowly starts to mellow down. This is the most difficult phase as the person is just getting ready to come to terms with the condition
A for Acceptance: And finally, the person gradually starts to accept the fact that he has diabetes.
The sooner a person reaches this acceptance stage, the better for the person. Once you accept the condition, then you can decide the next line of approach, which is getting it treated. The role of family, friends and relatives and the doctor in helping the patient know about the diabetes and its treatment plays a key role in accepting the condition. Also read about the things your diabetologist wants you to know.
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