“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”Michael Jordan
Managing diabetes is a lot like basketball. The clock is running. You keep playing. You know you won’t make every shot, but if you want to win, you have to keep shooting. Think of managing diabetes in the same way. The clock is running. You are playing the game called life. Every meal will not be a perfect combination of food choices but you can make better choices every day. Health is not always a slam dunk, but you can’t improve without taking the shot. You want to be healthier, you wish you were healthier, you can be healthier. Make it happen. It’s worth a shot.
5 WAYS TO HELP YOU ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN!’
See your doctor regularly. If your diabetes is well managed, most primary care physicians recommend a doctor’s visit every 3-6 months for a regular checkup including blood work. Make sure to talk about what he or she recommends for your individual needs.
Know your numbers. Keeping your A1C in check is one of the best ways for your doctor to tell if your diabetes is managed well. It is also important to know your cholesterol, blood pressure and watch your weight
Plan healthy meals. Aim to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and prepare meals in advance. Consistently making good food choices helps keep blood sugar stable, prevents you from overeating, and sets you up to make other good choices.
Add exercise into your routine. Every little bit helps when it comes to exercise! A brisk walk, yoga and weight training are all important to managing diabetes and overall health. Set aside 2-3 minutes in the morning for a few stretches to wake your body up.
Manage your stress. Stress can have a massive impact on your health and wellbeing. Above all else, where possible, cut out the things that create stress. You’ll feel happier, healthier and stronger emotionally and physically.
Be the one to make it happen. You can do it!