One of the most important factors in the satisfactory
evolution of any illness is the patient’s positive attitude. This
has been confirmed, over and over, in people who suffer from
diabetes. When I mention this, however, the response is often “How
do you expect me to have a positive attitude when you’ve just told
me I have diabetes?” That is when I point out the
Possible and sensible
Diabetes is one of the few chronic diseases that a person can
live with. If it is properly controlled, diabetics can live a
normal lifestyle until passing away at a ripe old age from a
completely different illness. For example, it is not unusual for
someone diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 45, to die at the age
of 95 from some other condition whose manifestation was completely
unrelated to diabetes.
When treated properly, diabetes is a disease that does not produce symptoms or upsets of any kind. This is why diabetics not only need to eat properly and stay active, but also have a positive attitude towards the disease itself, in order to keep it under control.
With the help of exercise
As you can imagine, exercising regularly, eating a well-balanced
diet without excess, and having a positive attitude represent the
best combination of anti-stress measures. This is extremely
important because stress is one of the factors that contributes
most to raising blood sugar levels. Anti-stress measures produce a
normalizing effect on glycemia, which triggers a beneficial cycle
that significantly improves our quality of life during our allotted
time here on earth.
In addition to being an excellent stress-buster, exercise plays a highly important role in fighting diabetes. By helping cells recover their capacity to use blood sugar more efficiently, exercising acts on one of the main mechanisms of the problem. Along with helping combat stress and helping our cells better handle the sugar circulating in our blood, exercise makes us feel good afterwards. Therefore, we have to conclude that there are excellent reasons for having a positive attitude towards diabetes.
. . . and Diet
The same sorts of ideas apply to diet. For years, people
diagnosed with diabetes were put on what was known as a diet for
diabetics or “diabetic diet.” This was a good way to make patients
and their families pretty miserable. Fortunately, several studies
showed that these diets were ineffective in controlling the
disease. Furthermore, they had imbalances among their components,
which represented a serious risk factor that could lead diabetics
to suffer from other problems and worsen their situation, quality
of life, and prognosis.
Today we know that diabetics can eat the same as any healthy person who is interested in taking care of his/her health. In other words, they can eat anything as long as it is not abused, and can stick to the basic principles of any good diet: a) variety in meal content, b) prudent selection of healthy cooking methods, and c) moderation in serving size. If diabetics eat like anyone who is interested in staying healthy, then there is no reason for not having a positive attitude towards diabetes.
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