Wellbeing Coaches™ Help with Diabetes Management
Multi-faceted assistance with lifestyle changes, emotional issues, and symptom monitoring
Diabetes is a complex illness, because it not only affects your physiology, but can impact your emotional state and your mental clarity. Managing your diabetes requires a holistic approach whereby you monitor your physical, emotional and mental state. That’s a tall order if you’re working alone, and even if family members want to help, they lack the knowledge, experience and objectivity to provide appropriate guidance. But, when you work with a Wellbeing Coach, you have someone with whom you can discuss your experiences and collaborate with on a personalized program to enhance your health. Many of our certified coaches work in the medical field as nurses, therapists, and dietitians, so they have professional experience assisting diabetics. A Wellbeing Coach can take the struggle out of diabetes management and put you on the path to good health.
Avoiding complications from your diabetes
If you’ve receive a diagnosis of prediabetes, type I or type II diabetes, you have an immediate and urgent reason to get your blood glucose under control. If you don’t make the necessary adjustments to your lifestyle, in addition to managing your medication, you expose yourself to risks of serious complications, which include:
- Cardiovascular disease – Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease or stroke.
- Nerve damage – High blood sugar can damage your capillary walls feeding your nerves, resulting in tingling, numbness, burning or pain. This diabetic neuropathy can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, and in men can lead to erectile dysfunction.
- Nephropathy – Diabetes can damage the tiny blood vessel clusters that filter waste from your blood, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.
- Retinopathy – When the disease damages blood vessels in the eye, there’s a risk of blindness, cataracts or glaucoma.
- Impaired blood flow to the feet – Cuts and blisters on the feet can lead to serious infections, which often require toe, foot or leg amputation.
Other problems include bacterial and fungal infections, hearing loss, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. With all of these potential complications, it’s imperative you take decisive steps to manage your high blood sugar.
Designing and sticking to your dietetic diet
When you have diabetes, it’s imperative that you understand how diet affects your blood glucose, and that you adopt a diet that metabolizes slowly so you can avoid drastic highs and lows. Ideally, you should rely on foods that are high in protein, supplementing with complex rather than simple carbohydrates and very little sugar. A coach can help you:
- Count carbohydrates
- Assess portions
- Balance meals
- Coordinate meals with medications
- Avoid sugars
- Train yourself to spot problem ingredients
With proper planning, you can develop a diet that meets your nutritional needs, so you can maintain your health without sacrificing taste and variety.
Implementing an appropriate exercise regimen
Regular exercise burns sugar and helps your body use insulin more efficiently. Once you and your physician decide on an appropriate exercise program, your coach can help you:
- Monitor your progress
- Maintain your schedule
- Track your blood sugar numbers before and after
- Stay hydrated
Exercise can be complex for diabetics, since overexertion can lower blood sugar, causing various symptoms, such as feeling shaky, weak, tired, hungry, lightheaded, irritable, anxious or confused. Sometimes distinguishing symptoms of diabetes from the natural effects of being enervated from your workout can be tricky. A Wellbeing Coach can be instrumental in helping you fine-tune your workout, so you get all the benefits and none of the drawbacks.
Handling your diabetes medication
If you’ve had a recent diagnosis of diabetes with an A1C test, or have recently been put on medication for your condition, managing medication can be complicated. Is the dosage appropriate for your weight, age, and metabolism? Are you taking your medication at the appropriate time in relation to your meals? Is your diabetes interacting with other medications you’re taking? If you’re on insulin, you also have to be concerned about storage to avoid spoilage. Having a coach to discuss your issues and concerns with can make a great difference in your success.
Choose a certified Wellbeing Coach today to help manage your diabetes
If you’re struggling to manage your type I or type II diabetes, you have nothing to be ashamed of. Diabetes is not just a physiological problem; it affects your moods, emotions and thinking. Fortunately, a Wellbeing Coach can provide the guidance and encouragement you need to adapt to your diagnosis and make the necessary lifestyle changes to maintain your total health. Contact a coach today.