- Maintain a strict diet.
- Check your blood sugar often.
- Care for your feet.
- Get enough sleep.
- Go to your endocrinologist regularly.
For people who have Type 2 Diabetes, the list of ‘dos’ can seem tedious. Type 2 diabetes can be a complicated disease to manage, and it is critical that people manage it well. Failing to do so often has very negative results. While it is of utmost importance that diabetics take disease management seriously, it’s equally important that they reframe how they view their daily to-do list so as not to become overwhelmed and give up on good habits.
Reframing How Type 2 Diabetics Approach Their ‘To-Do’ Lists
Are you Type 2 diabetic who is fed up with how all-consuming your disease is to manage? If so, you are most definitely not alone. Healthline reported that Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. No doubt millions of diabetics would wholeheartedly agree with you that diabetes is a life-altering disease. However, reframing how you see your daily to-do list for maintaining good health will go a long way in changing any resentful feelings you have about your responsibilities.
If you see your daily activities (checking blood sugar, eating well, getting enough sleep, etc.) for controlling diabetes as ‘musts’ or ‘have tos’, you will not want to do them. In fact, you will most likely resist them. But, if you view these activities as “get tos’, your mind will change. You will begin to view your to-do list as a self-care list.
In reality, everyone needs to be eating well, sleeping, ensuring their blood sugar stays in a normal range, and getting regular check-ups. Many people get away with not doing these things and develop diseases as a result. Yes, as a diabetic, you have to do these things. Is it annoying to have to tick activities off of a list every single day? Yep. Does it feel good to know you are not only managing your condition, but also preventing future diseases? Absolutely. Adopt this attitude and it will feel easier to control your diabetes.
Why Type 2 Diabetics Need Physiotherapy
‘See a physiotherapist’ is an item left off too many Type 2 diabetics’ self-care lists. This is because they don’t understand how beneficial physiotherapy can be to them. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy stated,
“Your physiotherapist is the key health professional to advise about (exercise and a healthy diet). In trying to prevent the onset of diabetes, or to stop the condition becoming worse, a physiotherapist will advise on exercise to reduce body fat and to improve how the body processes glucose. Both are key factors in managing diabetes.”
This article also mentioned that physiotherapists can help patients control complications caused by diabetes, such “difficulties with vision and sensory changes due to circulation problems and nerve damage, both of which affect a person’s safety.” If you have Type 2 Diabetes, physiotherapy could be the vehicle that gets you to the state of health you desire.
Do you live in Winnepeg? If so, know that the professionals at Elite Sports Injury Physiotherapy Clinics would be glad to help you control your diabetes through physiotherapy.