Oof – another week, another story about diabetes: this time the ticking time bomb that affects the UK with those suffering from type 2 diabetes now numbering more than 4 million and this figure predicted to rise to 5 million in less than a decade.
Nothing new there exactly, as experts have been predicting this particular time bomb for a while. I’m not a great fan of such stories because of their gloom and doom tone. It’s all very well frightening people, but fear isn’t always a great motivator.
Why not stress the good things that happen when you take control of your diabetes? As a type 1 myself, I can personally vouch for how different you feel when your blood sugar is under control.
Like you could conquer the world!
In contrast, when your sugar levels are running higher than they should, it makes you grumpy (as my husband and mum can certainly vouch for), depressed and tired on a day-to-day level.
If you watch your diet carefully, eat low-carbohydrate meals and take regular exercise, you can start to:
- enjoy higher levels of energy
- feel less tired
- feel as if you WANT to exercise or get active
- feel sociable
- see your skin improve (rashes clear up and the tone evens out so that you look younger)
- lose weight if you need to and enjoy the confidence and other feelings that are usually associated with losing excess weight
- see improvements in your dental health (high sugar levels often result in gum disease)
- reverse certain complications associated with diabetes
- enjoy improvements in your relationships (it’s really hard to have great relationships when you are feeling like s**t)
- sleep better (though maybe you won’t just be going to bed to sleep, see above bullet…)
- feel better after you eat (instead of wanting to go to sleep).
Do you want to add any other improvements you have seen or experienced since taking control of your blood sugar levels? Please let us know in the comments.