Making Lasting Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes. Part 1

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When type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes strikes, many sufferers are left feeling overwhelmed with the lifestyle changes they’re being told to make. Stop smoking. Lose weight. Start exercising. Cut out your favorite foods. Monitor your blood sugar levels.

And often, without support and education, patients end up doing little or nothing to protect themselves from this life-threatening disease, says John Zrebiec, a clinical social worker at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, diabetes educators stress. With some nutritional advice, education about the disease and moral support, patients can find themselves feeling better than they have in years.

It’s Not About Being Perfect
The key to making lifestyle changes is to be realistic, says Zrebiec, who also lectures on psychology at Harvard Medical School.

“If you try to do everything at once, you’re most likely going to fail. What you want to do is set realistic, achievable, practical goals. You start small, as small as say cutting back your portion sizes just for breakfast. Once you reach that goal, you’ll feel good,” he said.

“That’s important because long-term motivation comes from success,” Zrebiec said. “And that’s what managing diabetes is about — long-term blood sugar control, not being perfect all the time.”

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