The American Diabetes Association warns against making a lot of changes all at once. They offer these suggestions:
- Take small steps over a significant amount of time. This will make accomplishing your goals easier.
- Face your bad habits. And don't be afraid to ask for help and support from your family, friends, or health care provider.
- Locate your motivation-An example-wanting to be around for your grandchildren to grow up
- Prioritize your changes. Complete goals that you're comfortable with initially, and save others for later.
- Look at how much impact these changes will make, and start with those that pack the biggest punch, such as getting more active.
- Setting goals should include what you'll do, how quickly you can accomplish it, and how to incorporate the task in your daily life.
If you need support in setting goals, there are Diabetes Education Centers who can help you. Diabetes Education Services are medical centers that provide people with information and self-care skills so they can manage their diabetes effectively. A specialist at the Diabetes Education Center can help you set up goals, and develop a plan to achieve your goals. To locate a Diabetes Education near you, use the WhereToFindCare.com Diabetes Education Center directory.
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*Information on WhereToFindCare.com is for informational purposes only. Always seek medical advice from your physician. In cases of emergency, seek care from an emergency health care provider.