2018 Challenge: Change The Way You Think About Diabetes

In 2018, I challenge you to change the way you think about diabetes. Here are a few examples of what I mean:

You are not a diabetic

You are a person who has diabetes. Throughout my career I have had many people share with me that they feel as though some of their identity is lost after being diagnosed with diabetes. Please remember, diabetes does not define who you are as a person, it just happens to be part of your life story.

Your blood sugars are not good orbad

Your blood sugar checks provide valuable information that help you better understand your diabetes (i.e. what is working and what might need to be changed). Blood sugar levels should be seen/labeled as either being in target range or out of target range. This makes the information you are seeing less subjective (personal opinion) and more objective (fact).

Your doctor can help you determine an ideal target blood glucose range based on your medical history and personal goals.

You are not a non-compliant patient

You are simply trying to manage and take care of all of your personal needs and responsibilities. There may be times when certain needs/responsibilities rank higher than diabetes self-care. That does not mean you don’t care about diabetes or that you are a bad patient.

If you feel that many of your personal life responsibilities are preventing you from doing regular diabetes self-care (i.e. taking medication, monitoring blood sugar, etc.) speak with your physician as he/she may be able to help simplify your diabetes regimen.

You are not a failure if you need to take medication

Having to need oral medications and/or insulin to manage your diabetes does not make you a failure. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease which means the way you manage it will likely need to change overtime.

I challenge you, over the next year, to work on reducing negative self-talk and to learn how to let go of any guilt you may be feeling. Negative self-talk and constant feelings of guilt are counterproductive and will leave you feeling defeated and less motivated. Instead try to focus on positive self-talk, and remember that you may have an off day here and there. It is important to forgive yourself and start fresh tomorrow.

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