Dec 31, 2012

Make controlling diabetes a New Year’s resolution

GREENVILLE – New Year’s is a time to come up with resolutions to better your life for the future. Why not use your resolution this year to set goals to better your diabetes management and overall health?

Resolutions should be something you want to do, not something you think you “should” do, or that your spouse or doctor wants you to do. If you don’t want to start walking for exercise, don’t make walking a resolution.

Resolutions should be something you reasonably CAN do. Don’t resolve to run five miles a day if you rarely even walk to the corner. Start slowly and build up. Pick a resolution you are very confident that you can do.

On a scale of 1–10, how confident are you that you can make this change? Your confidence level should be at least 7. If it’s lower, you should make the goal easier or make plans to overcome barriers that might get in your way.

Resolutions should be specific and measurable. For example, I will walk 20 minutes three times a week for the next month. In a month determine if you were able to achieve your goal. If so, what kind of goal would you like to set for the next month? If you were not able to achieve your goal, determine why? Goal was set to high, busy- need to add exercise to your calendar, bored of walking – find other exercises to do or find a buddy.

A study at the University of Hertfordshire showed the people most successful at keeping their New Year’s Resolutions did at least three of the following things:

* broke their goal into smaller steps

* rewarded themselves when they achieved one of these

* told their friends about their goals

* focused on the benefits of success

* kept a diary of their progress.

What is your New Year’s Resolution to improve your diabetes management?

If you are interested in learning additional ways to help improve/maintain your blood glucose levels consider attending Group Diabetes Classes at Wayne HealthCare. This program will provide you with the knowledge to help make healthy lifestyle decisions regarding your management of diabetes. The classes are for individuals who are newly diagnosed and individuals who have had diabetes for years.

Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. During the classes you will learn the following: 1) facts associated with diabetes, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the blood glucose results, 4) the importance of exercise, 5) how diabetic medications work, and 6) ways to reduce risk of complications.

The cost of each class is $10 or $40 for the series of four classes. The first class of the New Year will be held Jan. 7, 14, 22, and 28, 2013, 1-3 p.m. Pre-registration for the classes is required.

Alternate class schedules are available throughout the year. Morning classes will be held from 9-11 a.m. in March, June, October and December. Afternoon classes will be held from 1-3 p.m. in January, April, July, August, and November. Evening classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. in February, May, and September.

If you prefer to meet individually with the Certified Diabetes Educator, you can receive education regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

During DSME, you can learn more about the following: 1) using a meter and how to interpret blood glucose results, 2) how diabetic medications work on the body to improve blood glucose, 3) overview of diabetes, 4) the progression of diabetes, 5) ways to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle to help manage diabetes, 6) reducing complications, and 7) controlling blood glucose.

During MNT education, you will learn that by planning and moderation an individualized meal plan can fit into your lifestyle. We will discuss the different nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. The educator will incorporate the diabetic diet into others diets you may be following (low cholesterol, low sodium).

For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program, call 547-5750.

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