Self-Care & Motivation

The Pivotal Role of Sleep in Diabetes

We all know and understand that getting Good Sleep is important for our mental, physical, and overall well-being. But what does that really mean? Is there a way to measure how good your sleep is in quality and quantity? Even if there is a way, what does that have to do with diabetes? The answer is - a lot! Not only is there a connection, but Sleep is also a crucial part of diabetes management. Read on to find out how and what you can do to improve your sleep quality and enable your body to regulate blood sugars better.

People Stories : My CGM experience as a Needle-fearing, Newly-diagnosed Diabetic. People Stories are authentic, self-written accounts by real users, to share their personal experiences of being a patron and part of the programme. Mr. Anand M Tatti, a septuagenarian, retired professor, and self-confessed hypochondriac, writes a personal story of having trypanophobia (extreme fear of needles) and his experience of using a Continuous Glucose Monitoring device for 14 days. Read on to see how he managed his phobia and why he thinks his story will inspire others to do the same.

Barriers & Behaviors impacting adherence to SMBG practices

Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose is one of the most productive tools that can help individuals with diabetes develop and maintain glycemic control. This article focuses on the importance of compliance to self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG), identifying factors and barriers that affect it and its impact on Quality of Life.

Benefits of Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose

A condition like Diabetes requires continuous self- care. The good news is that Diabetes self-care technology has come a long way. Today, there are numerous gadgets and gizmos available that can make living with Diabetes much easier.

Diabetes Reversal through Habit Modification

Management of diabetes includes the use of anti-diabetic medicines/insulin as well as behavior modification. Behavior modification requires self-determination, motivation, and a dedicated regimen to adopt healthy habits. Modifying and adopting certain behavioral patterns can help you prevent and manage your prediabetes and diabetes. Some of the specific behaviors to adopt are having a positive attitude, being self-aware, maintaining an active lifestyle by making exercise a part of your daily routine, and having a healthy body weight.

Impact of Glucose Levels on Mental Health and Mood

Did you know that individuals with T2DM have a 20% more chance of experiencing anxiety disorders, and twice as likely to go through depression? The most common reason for changes in mood or fluctuating mental states is Insulin Resistance. A good way to get biofeedback and derive insights into how glucose levels affect your moods is through Continuous Glucose Monitoring or CGM.

Adopting Effective Behaviours for Diabetes

In most cases, Diabetes and Prediabetes conditions can be controlled and even reversed if they are diagnosed and treated in time. CGM can be an effective tool to make the required behavior changes or modifications based on its real-time feedback. Behavioural actions like tracking the effect of your diet and physical activities on your blood sugar levels help identify what works the best for you. You can achieve your goals through the use of some self-care tools like a pedometer and a food journal.

Adapting to a Life with Diabetes

Adapting to a life with diabetes takes a toll on your physical, psychological, and social priorities. Taking care of your emotional well-being is the first step towards adaptation By being well-informed, connecting with like-minded people, and invoking the support of your family and friends, you will find it easier to adapt.