Here are the 3rd and 4th resolutions.
Swearing by your scale
Your weighing scale is for your motivation. It is there to allow you a special sense of accomplishment and to help to monitor your progress. If this very ‘instrument of progress’ is starting to depress you and make you feel bad about yourself, then it is time to look at a few variables around you. Most importantly, stop checking your weight so often. It is an unhealthy obsession that could throw you off track. Instead start thinking about what the reasons could be. Have you started snacking more? Has the weather suddenly become cooler leading to a change of diet and more comfort foods? Have you started exercising lesser? If you’re on a diet, daily weigh-ins will prove useful to the cause, but don’t let the numbers dictate the day’s menu and more importantly your ‘mood’ for the day. Daily ups and downs are usually due to water loss or gain and that is a transient phenomenon. For instance, morning readings reflect a marginally lesser weight and evening weight is always a little higher. Rather than getting caught in this daily web of ups and downs, keep the larger goal and a moderate horizon in mind. Last but not least, for diabetics an A1C goal will prove more beneficial than a myopic weight loss goal. An A1C goal will help you make well rounded changes to your routine resulting in the best of both worlds for you.
Your weighing scale should complement your efforts towards better health. Not distract or pull you back.
Delaying the check-up
Doctors stress the importance of regular examinations to identify risk factors and problems before they become serious. This is for our health in general. If diseases are caught early, treatments are usually much more effective. That is, we have a better chance of living longer. For instance, survival rates for breast cancer near 100% when it is found in the early stages. The percentage drops drastically when detected in the last stages. The same applies to diabetes and related complications. What is different in diabetes is its life-cycle approach. Here are the various interventions:
– An annual check-up to rule out diabetes
– A regular check-up if one is pre-disposed to diabetes due to its various risk factors
– An immediate check-up if symptoms related to diabetes onset are being seen
– Once a diabetic:
- Regular home or lab testing of fasting and post-prandial sugar levels
- Quarterly A1C
- Twice-a-year S Creatinine
- At least once a year lipid profile
- Once a year retinopathy check
Medical check-ups help us catch problems in time, allowing us the liberty to manage them well and live strong, long and healthy lives.
5 and 6 to follow…