For many people, November is the start of the holiday season. However, November is also Diabetes Awareness Month, a good time to reflect on the importance of discipline in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes is a chronic condition that can have serious complications if it’s not well-controlled. But most people living with diabetes CAN take control of their condition with education and discipline.
If you have diabetes or prediabetes, make self-discipline an integral part of your commitment to yourself. Closely monitor your blood sugar levels and take your medications on time. Blood sugar levels can be affected by what and when you eat. An exercise regimen also will help you regulate your blood sugar levels. It can be challenging to stick to these healthy habits day after day. But don’t give up—with time and practice, healthy habits will eventually become second nature.
A diabetes support group of people with similar goals and challenges can inspire you to achieve proper lifestyle adjustments. AAHP’s diabetes focus area offers programs and services to help you do just that. Check out AAHP’s Diabetes Prevention Program here and learn more about AAHP’s Chronic Disease Management and Prevention classes (which regularly focus on diabetes) here.