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How to manage type 2 diabetes through My Clinical Coach

Posted on: 14 March 2017 by 50connect Promotions

At My Clinical Coach, we understand that small changes make a big impact for people coping with type 2 diabetes. Find out how our clinical health coaching can provide the support you need.

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According to Diabetes UK, the number of people living with diabetes is over 4 million and the figures are set to rise to a staggering 5 million by 2025. About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes making it one of the world’s most common long-term health conditions. It can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, knowing how to manage the condition can be hard and have a negative impact on living a more fulfilling and active life. Here at My Clinical Coach we want you to have a better quality of life and take back control of your health. Our nurses are experienced clinicians who regularly work with and support people with diabetes through clinical health coaching. We are experts at coaching people through the challenges of living with diabetes, and will help you to better understand your medications, know what you can and can’t do, and explore with you much more than just the medical aspects of diabetes.

For example, we’ll explore with you, how good nutrition, relaxation and exercise all influence diabetes and we’ll enable you to create positive lifestyle changes that will result in more energy, increased confidence and overall improvements in your physical and mental health.

Wendy Norton, Head of Health coaching at My Clinical Coach highlights 3 healthy lifestyle choices that can help effectively manage type 2 diabetes:

Get moving

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People with type 2 diabetes are encouraged to exercise regularly for better blood sugar control and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular exercise is known to cut your risk of major chronic illnesses/diseases by up to 50% and reduce your risk of early death by up to 30%.

To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits. For example, make activity part of your daily routine by going for a relaxing walk around the local park or a leisurely swim at your nearest gym. If you're not active now, start with 15 minutes of exercise at a time and then gradually work up to 30 minutes a day.

Make healthy food choices

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The foods you choose to eat in your daily diet make a difference not only to managing diabetes, but also to how well you feel and how much energy you have every day. It is the number of calories we eat that contributes to weight gain so by making small changes and learning portion sizes, it will drastically change your overall wellbeing.

Remember to only make changes to your food choices that are realistic and achievable in the long term; this will be different for each person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes depending on your current diet and the goals you want to achieve.

As a general guide, your diet should include a good variety of vegetables, sources of unsaturated fats such as nuts, avocados and oily fish, while processed foods should be avoided. Further dietary advice and cooking tips are also available on the Diabetes UK website https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Diabetes-the-basics/Food-and-diabetes/

Talk it through

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Finding out you have diabetes can be scary and you may find it difficult to adjust to a change in diet and daily routine. However, it’s important to remember there is support out there for you. The nurses at My Clinical Coach can help you to understand and overcome your anxieties and the barriers to you living a fuller life despite being diabetic. Through holistic, personal and thorough coaching they’ll help you to become confident and skilled at managing the condition yourself, so that it becomes just a part of your everyday life, rather than something which dominates it.

It seems like a lot to do — especially at first. You might start with one or two changes. Focus on improving what you eat and being active more often, working on other tasks as you can. It can be hard to accept that you have diabetes so it’s normal to feel sad or angry.  We specialise in helping people with long term conditions, such as diabetes, and have trained nurses just for you, that you can speak to whenever you like, about whatever help you need. All this for less than £1 per day. Visit http://www.myclinicalcoach.com/  to find out how our nurses can help you or a loved one get the support they need.

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