It’s National Diabetes Month. You’ve all read the statistics about the obesity epidemic and how being overweight puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But did you know that if a person is successful at lifestyle improvement, that person can completely avoid the onset of diabetes 70% of the time? (http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/pre-diabetes/).
The lifestyle improvements required to avoid pre-diabetes developing into diabetes are actually quite basic:
- Improve one’s diet
- Lose weight
- And become more active.
When life presents us with difficulties, we do the best that we can to cope. Sometimes, unfortunately, we cope through denial: “This isn’t happening to me, heck no!.”
That would be alright if denial were actually helpful, but when it gets in the way of what we need to do to take care of our bodies, it’s no longer a useful way of coping. We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge.
Watch Taylor’s amazing, inspirational story about his life with diabetes. Watch his transformation from fear, shame and denial to embracing his diabetes and living a vital, healthy and robust life. Even his family and friends are benefitting from his healthy attitude and lifestyle.
So whether you have diabetes, or you’re at risk of diabetes or other illnesses because of your weight, it’s never too late to take the small steps that lead to big rewards.
Let HealthyWage provide the motivation, support and encouragement you need to turn your life in the direction you want it to go.
“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” William James
“Go out and get after it” Taylor 11/2011
Ellen Resnick is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Redwood City, California. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates the use of mindfulness into the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotional overeating. She runs a holistic weight loss program called Center for Thoughtful Weight Loss, http://www.thoughtfulweightloss.com/. You can email Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter at @thoughtfullellen.
Copyright © 2011 Ellen N. Resnick, LCSW