7 Principles for a Long and Healthy Life

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2009-03-22 09:10:42 -0500
Started 2009-03-19 11:17:53 -0500

One of our recently posted news articles (http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...) listed the 7 Principles that Diabetes Educators are committed to teaching. I think they are fantastic and thought summarizing them here on the discussion board would help more people find them.

Principle 1: Learn as much as you can about diabetes.

Principle 2: Get regular health care, meaning regular check ups.

Principle 3: Learn how to manage your diabetes.

Principle 4: Know the ABCs—A1c, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol—these are the most important indicators of your risks for complications.

Principle 5: Monitor your own ABCs. Your doctor will help you set a target A1c. Blood pressure should be 130/80. LDL cholesterol should be under 100.

Principle 6: Have a self-care management plan that addresses medications, a meal plan, regular active exercise, and minimizing physical, emotional, and mental stress.

Principle 7: Get on an ongoing schedule of examinations and lab tests.

18 replies

lipsie 2009-03-22 09:10:42 -0500 Report

I'm not sure whatcha meant about the magnet but I saved this and will doll it all up for my fridge later, thanks John. Sheila

Splender 2009-03-22 06:22:56 -0500 Report

John,thank you for reminding me of these rules. I do think a magnet should be make up with these rules so every diabetic who wants one to put up on the fridge or whereever can have it. Would love to have one., Good Job John.


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-03-22 06:01:58 -0500 Report

Printed this for a few people I know that need this. Like gabby says the magnet up to put on refridgerator. I will be putting this on the bulletin board in our diabetic support room. Thanks for sharing…Debe

lipsie 2009-03-19 22:02:21 -0500 Report

Awwww, omg! I really did not expect all this, ty all! It's weird but feels good to have people be supportive. Yeah, it's been a rough road, and I still have one ahead of me…but I'll get there…dunno what'll be there..lol but still. This is one reason why I have been so "new" to Diabeties, I did not care back then cuz I was caught up in other crap and now its time to care. Anyhow, thank you all VERY much, I appreciate all of your kind wordsl Oh, and the kids…I have a 14yr old in FL w/ grandparents I get to talk with on the phone, etc, my son will be 16yrs on the 31st..he is also with her but he's not their bio. grandson so its more restricted…and then on the 24rd my twins will be 8yrs old..which I have NO contact or info on…so I do know they all are fine..just wanted to letcha all know that! Sheila

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-19 22:29:56 -0500 Report

It is just heartbreaking to see and hear all the misery and dispair that drugs cause. It has even touched my own family and caused the death of my nephew (sister's son) a number of years ago. You sound as though you're doing so well now, so don't you dare let go. Just keep forging ahead.

Splender 2009-03-22 06:18:59 -0500 Report

Shiela, I firmly believe that everything happens for a purpose. I KNOW YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN HARD!!! I Thank God that you were able to get yourself out of this problem. I"M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN. That's got to be the hardest thing a Mother has to live with!! Hang in there——-something good is going to happen and you will be truly HAPPY. LOL


lipsie 2009-03-19 14:25:49 -0500 Report

I do agree with you about shutting myself out, etc BUT I am also trying to be very causious. See, I left this town years back…I was emotionally a mess (suicidal attempts, etc) but I was also using hard core street drugs then. I was into the party crowds, wrong type of guys (baby's dad), etc. I left state, got myself together PLUS found a real man. Well, its a little more complex but still I am clean and happy with who I amw with. We came here, for a long story reasons. Granted, I am in threarapy…on MANY meds,but I am stable. So yeah I am livng a closed lifestyle, I don't want to see those ol' party people, I don't desire anymore but you just never know and its rotten memories. I even lost my children due to all this back then so *sigh* I do have to open up, just not so sure when..sorry for carrying on…like this is a soap opera..lol Thanks for listening ya all! Sheila

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-19 16:47:09 -0500 Report

You are definitely to be commended. Doing what you have done and are doing is not easy. I am so glad that you're getting counseling and happy that you're doing whatever it takes to stay on this renewed path to good physical and mental health. I have a daughter who has lost both of her daughters, but not due to drugs, etc. - also a loong and sad story. There's nothing more heartbreaking than to see a mom and her children be parted. I pray your children are doing well. Hugs & prayers to you!

2009-03-19 19:46:58 -0500 Report

Sheila, I am sorry you have had such a hard time. At least you were smart (unlike most) to get yourself out of the situation. You have had a lot of tough issues to deal with and go through. I like you, you're honest, straight forward, and doing the right thing. I pray all works out with your children very, very soon. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers my friend. Hugs, Angie

lipsie 2009-03-22 01:52:14 -0500 Report

Awww, ty. I have always been pretty honest most of my life, too darn honest back in the day when TRYING to get away with something, never worked cuz I always told on myself, lol Thanks about the kids, I will NEVER get them back but I pray back into my life someday, if they'll forgive me/understand. Thank you again! Sheila

Anonymous 2009-03-19 13:39:05 -0500 Report

But what do you do when you follow all that stuff and still nothing works? I eat right,I exercise, do what the endo says. And still the bg keeps going up and I'm getting worse and even more complications.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-03-19 13:51:49 -0500 Report

I'm afraid I don't have a great answer for you. But I would say it all starts with Principle 1. If you are following all the "good" advice you've been given and you still can't bring your blood sugars in control, then you've got to take charge of what's going on. Learn about all the treatment options. Go to your Endo with your numbers documented and a list of questions. Or even a list of what you think you should do about it from all you've learned on your own.

When we have insulin at our disposal, no one should endlessly battle high blood sugars. If nothing else works, insulin will certainly bring down blood sugars. And if you're doing all you can and not seeing success, then it's time to bring in a tool that will work.

Those are just my thoughts.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-19 14:01:57 -0500 Report

I agree with John. Your doctor should be helping you out more, it appears, but the reality is that you may have to press the issue. Don't allow yourself to continue in this way. The consequences are unacceptable.

lipsie 2009-03-19 13:13:13 -0500 Report

You are all so VERY right and as far as the negative people, its hard to get awawy from myself sometimes though…lol No, really if I am around the negative it ALWAYS brings me down and miserable so I really TRY to stay away from that. Actually Ty and I don't have a social life..which may have its puns but really I am scared of others for many reasons, drugs, the negative, always wanting something, all that and I have trouble saying no so I tend to give in very easy so I need to work on that. Oh boy, sorry going on and on, lol Great points ya all! Sheila

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-19 13:28:00 -0500 Report

Remember that it's also important to have contact with others. Relationships and friendships (good ones, of course) are extremely good for your health. Staying to yourself can cause you to become depressed, or more depressed. One of the best things to do for your own depression is to "be there" for someone else in need of encouragement. And we need to allow others to encourage us. Being with others gives us a better perspective on life as well. Partying and going out and spending money is just part of "socializing". Talking and sharing and laughing and crying with others is the part with real value.

Don't shut yourself away too much. We all need friends and family (the right kinds,of course).

Sarguillo 2009-03-19 11:24:28 -0500 Report

all good, but Spend more time with those under 7 years old and those over 70 years old. Both have wisdom. Stop to smell the flowers more often. Take 15 minutes of silence each day. Stay away from negitive people. They will only bring you down.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-19 11:59:17 -0500 Report

The original article contains excellent advice, but I love yours as well. I work with 1st and 2nd graders and the elderly, and both are always such a joy.

And you're so right about the negative folks. They contribute nothing to your well being. Great comments.

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