The news itself is sobering – and you’re likely facing making permanent lifestyle changes, too. That’s not easy. But you’re not alone. Out of about two million Canadians with diabetes, nine out of 10 have Type 2.
Most people could eat better and move more for good health. You now have a powerful motivator to actually do it. You don’t have to work out and eat like an elite athlete. In this issue, learn about a recent study showing the big impact of simply sitting less, with stints of light walking.
I’m feeling inspired. I’m older than
40, the age after which the majority of Type 2 cases are diagnosed. I’ve carried around excess weight since the birth of my first daughter – 11 years ago! I’ve lost and gained the same five pounds about that many times since. And I now gain weight around my middle, which is problematic. Can’t I walk our darling Labrador daily? Surely I can be mindful of the foods and amounts I eat for longer than two weeks at a time? I’ve said it on paper now, so here goes! (Gulp.)
Type 2 diabetes is manageable – and you have a lot of control over its severity. There are specialized professionals in your corner – including diabetes educators – and materials online and in print, such as this magazine.
‘Scientia potentia est’ – knowledge is power. You can learn how to help keep your glucose levels within a healthy range, how much to exercise, how to eat well – and how to have a normal life!