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Beginning a new routine for a healthier lifestyle is no easy self-management task. It can be extremely difficult restrain what have become essentially your automatic behaviors, such as eating junk foods, lounging, watching TV before/after work, etc. But, being too comfortable isn’t always a good thing (or a bad thing), even if it “feels good” and natural. (more…)
Suppose you’ve committed to improve your health, perhaps by eating salad for dinner three nights a week, and you’ve been following the plan for a month straight. But, starting tomorrow you’ll be on vacation, or it may be that you are falling ill or you are about to have an extremely busy work week. These are all common complications that could interfere with your diet regimens if you’re not prepared. In order to maintain your healthy lifestyle, you need to take the following steps
- Identify possible barriers
- Stay organized
- Be OK with modifying your plans!
Identify the Barriers
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not always easy. There are plenty of obstacles to leading a healthy lifestyle, and you’ll certainly encounter several of them in your journey to better health! They are part of the process! So, in order to prepare for these hurdles, you must first identify them. List a number of obstacles that you might face while dieting, for example, such as social pressure from peers or family, cravings, being too tired to cook or exercise etc.
If you have identified potential difficulties to maintain your healthy lifestyle, the next step is to get organized. If you’re organized, you are better prepared to overcome these obstacles with more ease! Here are some examples:
- Lay out your exercise outfit the night before an early workout.
- Add your exercise time to your calendar.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables right away so they are ready to eat throughout the week.
- Prepar meals at the beginning of the week.
Modify Your Plans
The last thing you must do to maintain your healthy lifestyle is accept stumbling blocks. There is a lot in life that is unforeseeable. Accept that things happen, and remember that you are a human being! Putting too much pressure on yourself might have negative side effects. Instead, be prepared to improvise. If something work-related comes up, for example, and prevents you from finishing your workout, plan to head back later, or think of another creative way to get those last 15 minutes in!
When asked about diabetes management, the majority of people imagine medications and insulin shots. These measures, however important, are just the tip of the iceberg that is diabetes management. That is, diabetes management is a lifestyle; depending on the conditions, successful diabetes treatment can require lots of planning, exercise, the proper diet, and other “tricks.”
By the end of this article, you will find out how to control diabetes better by following some simple principles.
The most helpful tip for controlling your chronic disease is replacing your unhealthy behaviors with healthier behaviors. Sounds intuitive enough! But, healthy lifestyles actually require a lot of planning. The first and absolutely critical step is commitment: Make the commitment to start being healthy. (more…)
Maintaining an active lifestyle is necessary for a person with diabetes. However, there are definitely some myths circulating about exercise and diabetes that can deter diabetics from exercising. In this article, we debunk some of those myths and help you understand how to fit an active lifestyle with your diabetes. We will address these issues by using questions patients typically ask of their healthcare providers. (more…)
Often times, when you’re suffering from a chronic condition, you need a great amount of mental and physical energy to maintain your health, let alone relationships and other commitments. You need to find a balance between managing your condition and caring for/being there for your loved one(s), be it a partner, parent, brother, sister, or friend. (more…)
There are more than 422 million diabetics all over the world, and approximately 27% of them use external or artificial insulin. What is external insulin, and how and where were these sources of insulin discovered/created? Below is a summary of the advanced technological, medical, and DNA engineering and discoveries of our time that has led to external insulin as a disease control option for diabetics.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet all the time can be extremely challenging! Especially if you don’t know where to start. Below, we discuss some helpful tips and design a sample diet chart for diabetes patient; organization makes everything easier! (more…)
Some patients are able to manage their diabetes independently, while others need regular assistance. If you are someone who helps a patient day-to-day, you sure have a lot of responsibilities. Diabetes is a chronic condition that involves full and serious commitment from patients, caregivers, and loved ones. But, what happens when your care giving responsibilities drain all your mental and physical energy? Caregiver burnout. (more…)
First, let’s travel back a hundred years and imagine a hypothetical conversation between a doctor and the parents of a T1 diabetes child. It would sound something like this:
“I am sorry, but there is not much we can do. A year, or a year and a half at best. Let me show you the boy’s bed. Please, be quiet, some of the patients in his room are having really hard time right now.” (more…)
Frederick Banting and Charles Best, Canadian physicians, were inducted into the World Medical Hall of Fame for their co-discovery of insulin and its therapeutic potential. Exactly how did this discovery come about, and who were the first patients to test it? Read on and find out! (more…)
Unlike hypoglycemia, which can be quite unpleasant (and dangerous) for both healthy individuals and people with diabetes, hyperglycemia is an issue unique to diabetics. In diabetes, hyperglycemia might signal a dangerous and potentially deadly metabolic disorder called ketoacidosis. In this article, you will learn about blood sugar spikes and what to do in a situation when you or a friend is experiencing a dangerous blood sugar spike symptoms.
Diabetes is undoubtedly a condition that influences various aspects of a patient’s life. One aspect that is less well-known than others, but has a significant impact on one’s life, is mental health. Mental health is crucial to diabetes patients, and there are steps they can take to get closer to a happy and mentally healthy life. (more…)
Being a diabetic comes with inevitable difficulties and emotional challenges. Patients need to understand those negative emotions and diabetes burnout occasions arise from time to time. And they must do their best to take care of their emotional health to ensure physical well-being. In this article, we will share some facts and advice for maintaining positivity while living with diabetes. (more…)
Blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, is what fans the flames of life. Some medications reduce the circulating blood sugar level, and some dietary regimens (e.g. keto diet and low carb diet) restrict the amount of carb intake that way causing the low blood sugar. But, no matter if you observe a high carb or a low carb diet or if you need such medication, glucose in your bloodstream must be stable for you to think and act clearly. (more…)
Diabetes, type 1 or 2, is the disease complications. Some of the most common complications affect your feet, eyes, heart, and kidneys. These complications make it necessary to visit other specialists besides your main diabetes doctor. Here we explain which specialties will be absolutely necessary for your diabetes team care. (more…)
A diabetes diagnosis, whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, can be life-changing. However, with all the resources available nowadays, you don’t have to experience this disease alone! The following information will help you recognize which individuals will/should be a part of your diabetes team as well as whom you can rely on for different types of support. (more…)
When a disease appears, the focus of the patient and their loved ones is to get well as soon as possible. Diabetes, however, is different; it is not going away. The patient, family, and friends have to accept that the disease will stay. This realization is typically met with denial, followed by disease acceptance. (more…)
If you’ve ever wondered “Where does insulin come from?” then read on! By the end of this article, you will learn not only where insulin production happens, but also how the production line works and how your body regulates its own secretion. (more…)
Almost everybody knows that insulin has something to do with blood sugar regulation, but the story doesn’t end there. It has a much more complex role in the human body than most realize. Generally speaking, insulin is a hormone associated with energy abundance. It plays a crucial role in the regulation of virtually all metabolic processes in the body, particularly those related to a certain kind of synthesis- anabolic processes. (more…)
Chronic disease is the main cause of both national mortality (7 out of 10 deaths) and health care cost (over 75% of total health care costs in the United States). Many times, lifestyle changes are fundamental to chronic disease management. (more…)
Diet control plays a huge part in maintaining the quality of life while fighting diabetes. It’s also important to remember that having healthy meals can be key to controlling blood sugar levels. Here we explain the importance of diet control and introduce two online tools to access healthy food for diabetic persons. (more…)
While shopping for diabetic groceries, have you ever seen a label reading “diabetes-friendly”? If your answer is “rarely,” you are not alone. Diabetes Mellitus complicates simple tasks, like grocery shopping and dining out. (more…)
Summer has come and gone and with it went bright sunny days, warm weather, ice cream sundaes and sun tanning on sandy beaches. Making the transition to cooler weather is harder on our bodies than it is for Mother Nature. (more…)
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A medical field is changing.
By 2025, up to 90% of your doctor visits may happen online (and cost fractions of what you’re paying now, especially if you’re insurance doesn’t cover everything)… (more…)
Who can use online doctor visits? Everybody! The online medicine is an increasingly accepted method of patient-doctor interactions for diagnosing and treating common symptoms in (more…)
Wearable Health Devices have made a significant change in most of our lives. They can track, motivate, and control you to maintain your wellness for a longer time. By 2015, (more…)
How to use Online Doctor Visits? Let’s start with a common story in our life. Surely there has been a situation when you needed to get in touch with a doctor, either your long time doctor or just a