When faced with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, patients are often provided a plethora of information to absorb regarding their new health regimen, but are not necessarily given the tools to overcome psychological barriers that could impede their progress. Making lifestyle changes associated with managing type 2 diabetes, such as maintaining a healthy diet, making time for regular exercise, and committing to a treatment plan, often takes daily attention and the support of a team to succeed. With nearly 28 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes and another 86 million at risk for developing it, many are facing hurdles keeping them from committing to a plan and could use some guidance they can easily reference to stay on track with their health.
With this in mind, AstraZeneca’s ON IT Movement seeks to empower adults living with type 2 diabetes to make a personal commitment to live a healthier life. We are teaming up with Dr. Phil McGraw, host of the Dr. Phil show, who has been living with type 2 diabetes for more than 25 years. Dr. Phil is sharing his personal experience living with the condition and his professional experience as a former practicing clinical psychologist to inspire people to take action and more effectively manage the condition by working with their healthcare provider to create a treatment plan and stick to it.
As part of the movement, Dr. Phil is sharing his “6 Rules to Get ON IT” to help guide people with type 2 diabetes in overcoming psychological barriers so they can create a plan and stick to it:
- Move forward. Dismiss the sense of shame or personal failure you may feel as a result of your diagnosis, and any uninformed judgments around you. There are risk factors for type 2 diabetes that you can’t control like family history, personal history, age and more. Step up and move forward today!
- Get educated. Knowledge is power. Once you understand how the disease works, then you can make smart decisions and take control of your diabetes management. You’ll also be able to give others clear information to offset the stereotypes commonly associated with type 2 diabetes.
- Build a team. Gather a team of supporters to help you manage this disease. Your team can include your spouse, kids, doctor, friends, a trainer at your gym, or others who will help you along the way.
- Replace bad habits. As part of your plan, determine what aspects of your lifestyle need to change to support your overall health. One by one, build those changes into your routine so they become healthy habits.
- Make a plan. With help from your doctor and your treatment team, you can make a plan that will get you to your goals. When you take control, you will see what an impact you can have on your type 2 diabetes.
- Stick to it. Find the inspiration to stay on track. Be empowered by your plan. Nothing is easy at first, but if you stick to your plan, you’ll start to see results.
To learn more about the “6 Rules to Get ON IT” and Dr. Phil’s experience managing his type 2 diabetes, visit OnItMovement.com. Whether it’s learning how to change everyday habits or getting ideas on how to build the right support team, the ON IT Movement has the tools that can help people with type 2 diabetes create a treatment plan and stick to it.