Happy 2019! I trust you are off to a great start. It is great to be back to blogging after such a long time. As I shared in an earlier newsletter, late summer we had some challenges upgrading the platform and then as the holidays approached, I had a rather grueling work schedule, in addition to a brief media blitz in Wisconsin. I am currently writing to you whilst on a much-needed vacation in Nigeria.
This is a re-purposed article from an older blog article. I like to start the new year highlighting New Year resolutions.
Now that we are in a New Year, we can press the reset button and set some New Year resolutions to reach your healthy blood sugar goals.
What is a resolution?
A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Research has shown that close to 90% of resolutions fail by the end of the first quarter of the year.
If you are committed to thriving with type 2 diabetes, then consider developing an empowered relationship to resolutions. Remember you are not just a person living with type 2 diabetes.
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It all begins with the ABCs
In my award-winning book, “Dr. Eno’s A-to-Z Guide to thriving with Type 2 Diabetes”, the first three chapters focused on what I started calling the ABCs. The ABCs is an acronym which stands for A-Acceptance, B-Belief and C-Commitment to change.
No matter what challenges you may be dealing with, whether it is learning to live with a chronic illness such as type 2 diabetes, or simply deciding to make a new year resolution it all begins with your ABCs.
The reason many New Year resolutions fail, is because we tend to avoid change by making excuses. First is the need to accept some things need to change. Next is developing a belief that you can make changes. The final step is making a commitment to improve. To download a free e-book of the first three chapters of my book, click here.
Learn all there is to learn about type 2 diabetes
I continue to emphasize that knowledge is the first step toward personal empowerment. The field of diabetes care is rapidly changing. Become curious about the latest information particularly as it may pertain to diabetes care. Search for reputable sources of information.
If you find a treatment option that you feel may work for you, then be sure to have a discussion with your healthcare provider about this. Remember that there are several ways to treat diabetes, however, making changes to your lifestyle is the foundation for reaching healthy blood sugars. So this year, make a commitment to taking stock of your current lifestyle. Look for ways that you can make some changes. Always remember to start with small changes and then build on them. With time small changes can create significant shifts in your overall health and wellness.
Do what it takes this year to achieve and maintain healthy blood sugars. There may be times when your blood sugars get out of control. This can be very discouraging. At times some people living diabetes may become discouraged and resigned. The thing to keep in mind is that uncontrolled blood sugars are associated with a higher risk of complications. So if you commit to doing whatever it takes to achieve and maintain healthy blood sugars, you will reduce the risk of complications. It may mean, increasing the amount of physical activity, watching portion sizes a lot more closely, and cutting out the excuses.
See your healthcare provider on a regular basis.
Early in the year is an excellent time to look at your calendar and schedule visits with your healthcare provider as well as any specialists on a regular basis are vital in helping to detect any early complications. Not only should you see your healthcare provider on a regular basis, but also I suggest that you even know what kinds of testing you need to have done. For instance every three months, you should have an A1C performed. This test allows your healthcare provider as well as you to know how well controlled your blood sugars have been. For tips on how to choose a healthcare provider
Know your “ABC numbers.”
The ABCs stand for another acronym. It is essential to know your ABC numbers. This means- A1C, Blood sugars and cholesterol. Have a discussion with your healthcare provider about what your target ranges are.
Your numbers are based on guidelines recommended by the American Diabetes Association:
- A1C <7.0 %
- Blood sugars (fasting) 80-120 mg/dl
- Cholesterol- LDL (think bad lousy cholesterol) less than 100 mg/dl; HDL (think good happy cholesterol) more than 60 mg/dl.
Keep up with routine health exams.
Once a year schedule an annual physical exam, as well as routine screening tests. Do not leave these to chance. This is because type 2 diabetes increases your risk of some other diseases such as heart disease as well as strokes as well as certain cancers.
I suggest marking this on your calendar early in the year. Perhaps you may want to pick your birthday month, for instance, to get all your routine medical exams done.
So there you have it. Five New Year resolutions to get the year off to a robust start in achieving healthy blood sugars.
My New Year resolution is to create more consistent content for this platform as well as online and in-person programs that can help you reach your goals of thriving by helping you to improve your metabolic health.
To your Health & Wellbeing,