Steps to Living a Happy Life With Type 2 Diabetes

Today is one of the very first times you even really listened to the words type 2 diabetes.  Today when your health care provider said you have this condition.  Sure you have heard about diabetes, it is often talked about on the news and maybe you have a friend or family member diagnosed with it too.  But you never thought it would affect your life.  So now what do you do?

You thought you had a dream lifestyle and yes, type 2 diabetes does change your life.  But hold on, it could be for the better.  After all, haven’t you been feeling tired for some time?  Add to that the additional weight you have gained over the last few years, hasn’t that been bothering you?  The appetite you have developed, it’s confused you why you are still hungry shortly after eating.  And those sugar cravings?  Now you have the answer!

So where do you start?

Step 1:  Get clear on what your dream lifestyle looks like as it affects all areas of your life, including your health.

Step 2:  What are your strengths?  Focus on them.  Type 2 diabetes is not a death sentence unless you let it be.  But you do need to take it seriously, the outcome is in your control.

Step 3:  Diabetes is a condition that affects every system in your body, it can be a nasty disease leading to heart problems, blood vessel damage and nerve damage.  You are now in a position to prevent serious complications happening.

Step 4:  Now it’s time to get moving … you need to work out your personal needs.  If you are overweight (90% of people diagnosed with type 2 are), it’s time to find a weight loss plan that will suit you.  One you will want to stick with.  This may be the time to consult with an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who specializes in diabetes.  By correcting the type and amount of carbohydrates you eat in each meal and snack, you will immediately see your blood sugar levels and insulin levels reduce.  In a short time you will lose weight and this will show by your clothes becoming loose, especially around your waistline.

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