Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.
There are so many details we need to pay attention to when we are attempting to control our diabetes: what we eat, taking our meds, checking our blood sugar, exercise, and more. The need to focus on the details often means that we lose sight of the big picture.
Yes, it’s important to pay attention to little things, but if that attention to detail is making your life miserable or obscuring your overall purpose, then it may be time to step back and take a closer look at your big picture goal.
In their article about this, nurses and diabetes educators Laura Hieronymus and Patti Geil ask, "Is the goal still a reasonable one for you? Do you still feel motivated to work toward it? Or might you need to redefine what you’re aiming for?"
Controlling your diabetes doesn’t mean that you have to make sacrifices to your overall well-being. If your diabetes routine isn’t too intrusive and your blood sugar levels are where you want them, then you’re probably on the right track. If you are struggling in your efforts for good health and diabetes control, then it may be time to reassess.
6 tips Laura and Patti suggest you remember
1. Eat lightly. Sometimes it’s not what we eat, but how much of it we're eating that really counts.
2. Breathe deeply. Literally! Stress can wreak havoc with blood sugar levels. Find ways to relax.
3. Live moderately. You may need to cut back on how much you’re eating and drinking and increase the amount of exercise you’re doing on a regular basis.
4. Be happy! It’s often too easy to be upset about things you can’t control. SMILE! It helps.
5. Be interested. Find something you can focus on that you find interesting so you’re not spending all your time thinking about diabetes.
6. Give yourself a break. You’re doing a lot to stay healthy, so don’t underestimate your efforts. No one is perfect, and if you’re making the effort, you are well on your way to living the good life, despite diabetes.
How do you keep your eyes on the big picture with all of your daily management activities?