Seven self-care behaviors—healthy coping, healthy eating, being active, taking medication, monitoring, reducing risk, and problem-solving—are recommended for individuals with diabetes to achieve optimal health and quality of life. People newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may find it challenging to learn and properly incorporate all of these self-care behaviors into their life. This qualitative study explored the experiences and perceived immediate self-management and psychosocial support needs in individuals newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Data analysis revealed the significant challenges individuals encounter after a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Five main themes were identified: 1) type 2 diabetes diagnosis competes with other complex life challenges, 2) difficulty in performing behavior modification actions, 3)lackofsupport,4) emergence of emotional and psychological issues, and 5)needfor planned individualized follow-up support after a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. This study revealed a gap in care after type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Individualized support is needed to assist people in moving successfully from diagnosis to being well equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to properly manage the condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-274
Number of pages11
JournalDiabetes Spectrum
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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