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6 Good Habits I've Developed Thanks to Diabetes

Because of diabetes, I've developed some good habits and I thought I'd share a few!

My good habits

  1. I read food labels and stay away from foods containing high fructose corn syrup, and it’s many new and improved names!
  2. Diabetes makes me check (not test - never test) my blood sugar multiple times a day and before every meal and snack. There was a time when I hated checking my blood sugar. It was a pain - literally and figuratively (early blood sugar lancets were torture devices) and I always felt like I was being graded. Now, I rely on checking my blood sugar so I know what the heck is going on! Checking my blood sugar helps me manage my diabetes - even when the number on the screen isn’t where I’d like it to be. Knowledge is power!
  3. Diabetes makes me relish little victories, because I know they equal big ones.
  4. Diabetes gives me a heads-up and reminds me that exercise is important. I’m like everyone else, I don’t always love to exercise, but being diagnosed with diabetes as a kid taught me how important exercise is and not only for my blood sugars, but for my heart and my head. A little daily exercise goes a long way!
  5. Diabetes encourages me to floss! OK, so did working in at a dentist’s office - I saw a few things! Flossing is important for good oral hygiene and cutting back on plaque is key - especially for people with diabetes! Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year!
  6. I’ve become a pretty good cook thanks to diabetes< and I’ve learned that I like to eat healthy and be creative in the kitchen!

What positive habits has your diabetes diagnosis helped you develop?

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