Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if you could diet for two weeks and see all of your health problems go away? Or, if you could exercise rigorously for one month to get a lean midsection? It would be fantastic! Unfortunately, as you’re probably aware, this is rarely if ever the case. Quick fixes may produce instant results, but how often do they instigate the sort of change that lasts?
Many people focus exclusively on the short-term. Type 2 diabetes needs to be treated right here and now…
- high and unstable blood sugar levels need to return to within a normal range as quickly as possible, and
- high blood pressure needs to be taken care of immediately.
While these are ambitious goals, it’s simply not realistic to achieve such feats in a short amount of time. You should certainly aim high, but keep your feet on the ground while you do it.
It’s a harsh reality for many, but it’s an essential one: short-term solutions are not suitable to be used as long-term solutions. While it’s fine to experiment with the former, you should most definitely focus on the latter. When it comes to your health, rarely will something be taken care of promptly. More often than not it will take time. For example…
- if you’re overweight it could take several months or maybe even a year until you see fruitful results from your weight loss eating plan and physical activity regime,
- if you’re a Type 2 diabetic, it could take several months until your blood sugar levels are stable and back in an ideal range.
It could take years to “reverse” Type 2 diabetes itself. But, the amount of time it takes is irrelevant. What’s crucial is you do what’s necessary to improve your health, so you don’t succumb to a lethal disease and the various complications. What a shame it would be to die an early death, or find yourself severely debilitated from a physiological perspective, because of a disease you could have prevented.
It’s paramount you invest your time and effort in long-term solutions. So when making changes to your diet, don’t set a timeframe for your changes and don’t expect immediate results. Make permanent changes, as opposed to temporary adjustments. Ease yourself into these changes if it helps you establish consistency.
Don’t start exercising just to get a bit leaner before your beach vacation that’s a month away. See regular physical activity as a life commitment – one that will pay back handsomely.
While short-term solutions can provide much-needed impetus to someone who needs to make drastic changes in their lifestyle, what is ultimately successful is a focus on long-term solutions.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.