Today, nearly 28 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes. Another 86 million are at risk for developing it. The physical impact of diabetes is well-recognized, but most people don’t realize the psychological impact on those diagnosed with the disease. Managing diabetes takes commitment, a solid support system, and the right personal mindset to be successful.
Dr. Phil and medical practitioner and diabetes specialist, Dr. Kushner joined us for an interview to discuss more about Type 2 Diabetes.
Many people may overlook risk factors for the disease. The biggest risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes is family history. In addition to that is obesity, being overweight, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It is important to keep in mind that if you are over the age of 45, you have a higher risk for diabetes.
Dr. Phil got involved with the Type 2 Diabetes awareness movement because he wants to help other people suffering from the disease. Dr. Phil was diagnosed with diabetes over twenty-five years ago. Over time he has learned that being a proactive patient, and really getting actively involved in managing the disease can make a huge difference on impact the disease has on your life. Dr. Phil is thrilled to share from his own personal experience as a patient, what has worked for him across the years. He has come up with the OnItMovement, a six point plan to really get all of the steps that people need to proactively manage this disease. You can’t cure this disease, but you can manage it and get it under control, and minimize it’s impact on your life.
Here are four tips for living happily with Type 2 Diabetes:
- Each day is an opportunity to live a healthier life.
- Each meal is a time to be mindful, to make choices.
- It’s important to move forward, accept that you have type 2 diabetes and live with this condition.
- Choose different exercises that fit into your life. Take a walk after you eat. Often a Type 2 Diabetic may feel more tired.
For more information, go to OnItMovement.com.
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