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Staying positive with type 2 diabetes

It can take a lot of commitment to keep your type 2 diabetes well managed. From healthy eating, to exercise and remembering medication, it all takes time, focus and motivation.

If you let things lapse, blood sugars can rise over time risking damaging complications like eye, heart and kidney problems.

If you get negative thoughts that threaten your motivation to stay on top of type 2 diabetes, it is time to think again:

I don't have time to exercise

Rethink it. The NHS recommends 150 minutes a week of any exercise that gets your heart going, but you can spread it across the week in chunks. Take it 10 minutes at a time. Sneak bursts of exercise into your usual day. Things like taking the stairs instead of a lift, getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way still count.

What's the point?

Don't start thinking you've done enough and can't do anymore to get to your target healthy weight range. Perhaps you've tried dieting, succeeded, then put weight back on. Experts suggest trying to focus on the moment rather than the future. The more you focus on what you can do today, the better. Baby steps add up over time and still make a difference. Ask your diabetes care team for goals. Just dropping 5-10% of your body weight can help blood sugar control.

I've blown it

This can be a common thought after giving in to the lure of a takeaway or snack that you know in your heart of hearts you should have avoided. Try to focus on the good food choices you made recently and remember how you have had balanced, healthy meals most days this week. Put aside your setbacks to get back on track.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on October 17, 2017

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