What are your goals for your health? It might help to think of health as a pyramid with three pillars: eating, activity, and rest and relaxation patterns.
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“There is tremendous synergy among these pillars,” says internal medicine specialist Roxanne Sukol, MD, MS. “Go for a great walk and you sleep better that night; get a lousy night’s sleep and you circle the vending machines all day. Eat too much and it’s hard to get off the couch.”
The take-home message? You can leverage that synergy to make small improvements feel like a million bucks.
Even if you feel somewhat limited, whether by arthritis pain, circulation issues or breathing problems, you can overcome many obstacles with a few simple adjustments. It is never too late to change your perspective, adopt new habits, improve your health and wellness, or see things just a little bit differently.
Gentle exercise is an important part of effective pain management strategies, and good compliance, including taking pain medications as prescribed, is likely to improve range of motion and endurance.
Therapeutic yoga and chair-based exercises, for example, are great choices for people who are unable to walk easily and for whom pick-up games are no longer a reasonable option. Exercise is also a powerful mood stabilizer.
“If you, like half of people over age 65, carry a diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes, keep in mind that it’s not diagnosis that’s the problem, but rather the degree to which it affects your life, both day-to-day and long-term,” says Dr. Sukol.
It’s not diabetes that’s the problem, but rather uncontrolled blood sugars; and it doesn’t matter what we call it, as long as your blood sugars are well managed. What we call it (diabetes, prediabetes) is simply a reflection of how much it’s takes to keep your sugars in the normal range.
Learning to involve your mind and body in the effort to conserve your insulin yields all kinds of benefits. These, of course, encourage further efforts. I continue to work with patients to find ways to improve insulin function and keep their blood sugars in the normal range. It’s an ongoing partnership.
Try these recommendations for your health and wellness:
Remember to take pride in caring for yourself no matter how small each step. All those small steps multiply, resulting in big improvements.