Learning to manage your diabetes is actually simple, but there is no magic, no miracle cure, no gimmick, no trick, and no shortcut. Here are four steps:
1. Get a medical team you’re satisfied with. The team includes your doctor and endocrinologist. It’s vital that you take your medications.
2. When food shopping, create the habit of reading labels, looking for sugar and carbs. Eliminate added sugar and reduce your carbs per meal.
3. Increase your physical activity by exercising more, walking more, and walking briskly if you can. This burns sugar. Plus, muscle cells are more sensitive to insulin than fat cells.
4. Test your blood sugar level often to see what’s working and what isn’t by using your glucose meter!
That’s pretty much it. Simple, right? Well, what’s not so simple is translating this basic information into action. Why? Because things get in the way: Your engrained habits get in the way. Your job and busy lifestyle may get in the way. Your well-meaning friends, family, or co-workers may get in the way. Life gets in the way. I know. I’m diabetic also.
So what happens during our diabetes coaching or diabetes group sessions?
You’ll acquire useful, practical knowledge about diabetes and diabetes management. I will be there to give you information and support. I’ll be your ally, accountability partner, and a connecting link between you and your medical team.
We’ll select several diabetes friendly choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. We’ll make a plan for you to increase your physical activity. We will find your true motivation for lowering your blood glucose numbers. Of course we all want to avoid diabetic complications and continue doing the things we love. As you go deeper, however, you may find a strong motivation to stay healthy for your spouse, your friends, your kids, your grandkids, or just for you.
What can be your motivation?
Imagine how controlling your diabetes would change your outlook?
How would lowering your A1C and normalizing your blood sugar levels affect people close to you?
How can you use the diagnosis of diabetes as a spark for positive change in all aspects of your life?
Please take the important step of contacting me. Together we can start to get your diabetes under control. Remember: You don’t have to struggle with diabetes alone.
Mark Josefsberg-Certified Coach for Diabetics
Find out about my diabetes support groups.