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FINAL POST: Reflection and goal setting

Taking the time to reflect on your progress thus far and setting new goals to work towards can help us all to live better and healthier.

Please tell us about your progress over the last year and about your diabetes management goals after MDC and for the rest of 2018. In setting diabetes self-management goals, make sure they are achievable and realistic. A good way to ensure this is by setting SMART goals:

  • Specific:Ask yourself what you want to accomplish, how long it will take, and if the goal is ongoing.
  • Measurable:Decide how you’ll measure the goal. Maybe you’ll have a cholesterol blood test, an A1c test, or go by your weight.
  • Achievable:Be sure the goal is achievable. Brainstorm ways to track your progress.
  • Realistic:Unrealistic goals set you up for failure. Keep your goals sensible, and consider setting smaller goals along the way to help you reach the finish line.
  • Timed:Create a realistic timeline to reach your goals. Long-term goals take time, but if they take too long, you may lose motivation.

 Please share your progress and goals below!



When do you monitor and why?

Unlike other diseases which require mainly medical treatment, diabetes requires continuing attention and actions by the person with diabetes. As you know, monitoring your blood glucose regularly is an essential part of managing your type 2 diabetes. But when do you measure?

  • First thing in the morning, midday, or in the evening?
  • Before or after your meals?
  • Before or after you exercise?

 

Let us know when you measure and why.


What blood glucose meter do you use and why?

Blood glucose monitoring is an essential part of managing your type 2 diabetes well. Today, there are a wide variety of types of blood glucose meters available on the market. Different meters have different features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, compact and discrete designs for travel, multi-strip testing, and continuous blood glucose monitoring. There are also some amazing new technologies that have recently hit the market or are in the research and development stage.For example, the FreeStyle Libre device is about the size of a quarter, is placed on the arm for up to 9 days and provides glucose readings without finger pricks.

Please share with us:

  • What type of blood glucose monitor do you use and why?
  • What are your favourite and least favourite features?
  • What new BGM technologies have you heard of and are excited about?

 


How do you ‘fuel up’ when exercising?

Tailored exercise programs and general physical activity based on doctor’s recommendations are important in maintaining good health for people with type 2 diabetes. It is also important to ensure sufficient ‘fuelling’ of the body before, during longer workouts, and after you work out to prevent hypoglycaemia.

This week we would like to discuss the types of food you eat to fuel your body for exercise. For example:

  • What meals or snacks do you choose to eat before, during and after exercise?
  • What foods do you avoid when exercising?
  • Does the time of day you exercise change what you eat?
  • If you take medication, does it influence what types of food you eat when exercising?
  • What and how much fluid do you drink before, during and after exercise?

Please share your tips!


Type 2 diabetes and stigma

Misconceptions about type 2 diabetes can make life harder for those living with it. Stigma can present itself in a variety of ways, including insensitive verbal comments from family and friends, a co-worker’s general lack of understanding of the disease, and misrepresentation in the media about people living with type 2 diabetes.

Feeling judged or labelled can have a direct impact on a person’s motivation to properly manage their type 2 diabetes, particularly around other people. This can lead to increased risk of hypoglycaemia, elevated HbA1c, and risk of related complications.

Do you have stories or examples of stigma you have faced related to type 2 diabetes? Please do share them with us.

  • What stigma have you faced from family, friends, and co-workers?
  • How does it affect you and how do you deal with it?
  • What would you like them to know about diabetes or what do you wish they understood better?

 


Sneaky Sugar Sources

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the 2012 Australia Health Survey revealed that Australians consume 60g (about 14 teaspoons) of sugar each day—well over the recommended intake! We all know that foods such as ice cream, candy, and cake contain large amounts of sugar. But there is also a lot of sugar hiding in places you wouldn’t expect, making a healthy diet difficult to obtain. So called “ninja sugar” found in foods often thought of as healthy such salad dressings, yogurt, and pasta sauce can result in surprise blood sugar spiking.

Ninja sugar also contributes to the false accusations and stigma placed on people living with type 2 diabetes. Many people assume that people with type 2 diabetes continue to make poor eating choices, and do not understand that it is non-curable, or how many people’s “everyday foods” can be extremely unhealthy or even dangerous for people with type 2 diabetes.

This week, we would like to hear from you about some of the surprising sources of sugar you have discovered. Please leave your comments so that we can learn from each other’s experiences regarding:

  • What sneaky sugar sources have you found?
  • How do you deal with sneaky sugar?


Handy healthy eating tips for type 2 diabetes management

Sticking to a healthy diet is important for everybody, particularly people with type 2 diabetes. Eating the right kinds of foods can help keep your blood sugars stable. In particular, the type and quantity of carbohydrates can have a big impact on blood sugar levels. Your diet can be tailored to you in order to properly manage your type 2 diabetes.

This week we would like to discuss any useful tips/tricks you have come across when managing your diet and blood glucose levels. For example:

  • Do you see a registered diabetes dietitian? Has this been helpful for you?
  • What are some of your favourite healthy cooking recipes, cookbooks, or recipe websites?
  • If you have additional dietary restrictions (i.e. coeliac disease), what are some dietary tips that you abide by?
  • Do you use a meal plan?

Please share your tips!

 


The role of social and personal support in type 2 diabetes management

We all know that having support from people around us is a good thing, but did you know that having this kind of support from family, friends, work colleagues and others can have special benefits for people living with type 2 diabetes? Evidence suggests that higher levels of such support are associated with better clinical outcomes (including improved glycaemic control), increased knowledge about diabetes, lifestyle and management adaptation, and improved quality of life. It is also important to seek support and help from others even if you might just need someone to talk to. Keeping track of your diabetes management can be difficult, so remember that you do not have to go through it alone.

This week we would like to hear from you about the different kinds of individuals who you find helpful, particularly related to diabetes management. For example:

  • What sources of social and personal support do you have?
  • If you have attended a peer support group, what was your experience like?
  • In what ways do your family, friends, or others support you? And what might they be able to do to be more supportive?

 


Type 2 diabetes and depression

Did you know that people living with type 2 diabetes are more than twice as likely to have regular feelings of sadness and depression, compared to people without diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes and depression can also interact negatively with one another. If you are feeling sad and depressed, this can also make it harder to manage your diabetes and your blood glucose control.

Have you struggled with depression at any time? Did you seek help? Please share your story.

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