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How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

It takes a big commitment to keep your diabetes in check. It happens: Some days, you aren’t as motivated, or you wonder if you're making progress.

Time for a fresh perspective! You can counter these self-defeating thoughts whenever they strike.

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‘I Don’t Have Time to Exercise.’

Rethink It: Take it 10 minutes at a time. Tell yourself, “I don’t have to do it all at once.”

Exercising doesn't have to take a lot of time or involve a change of clothes. Even a little will give you a burst of optimism and energy.

Look for 10-minute breaks. You may be surprised by how many you find.

For example, instead of playing solitaire on your phone when you’re in a waiting room, ask the attendant if you have time to take a 10-minute walk around the parking lot before your appointment.

‘What's the Point?’

This is a classic "it’s too late for me" thought. Your goal weight feels always out of reach. Maybe you’ve tried to get there before and have been disappointed.

Rethink It: Focus on the here and now. Mental health experts say most anxiety comes from worrying about the future. The more you focus on what you can do today, the better.

Little steps, over time, will move your health in a positive direction. Ask your doctor to help you set mini-goals along the way to your ultimate goal. You want reachable goals that you can build on. For instance, if you lose a little bit of weight at a time, it can lower your blood sugar levels and blood pressure sooner than you may think.

Start slowly. First learn to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

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People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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