S.M.A.R.T. goals for diabetes management
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Self-managing diabetes, whether type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, can be very challenging and empowering at the same time. Just remember - change does take time. To be patient with change is very important.
S.M.A.R.T. goals for diabetes management is a tool that has helped people with diabetes experience life-changing improvements. It is a tool that assists individuals break down a goal into smaller specific goals. These smaller goals can be worked on more easily than working on the larger goal, which may be viewed as overwhelming and therefore unreachable.
Small steps set smaller, easy, specific goals, such as taking medication every day. When you are setting up this goal ask yourself the 6 W questions:
Always talk to your health care professional if you have questions about your treatment plan.
Who: Who is involved? My endo team, my husband
What: What do I want to accomplish? For my diabetes to be better controlled: by taking my medication everyday
Where: Identify where you can give yourself your medication
When: Establish a time when medication is to be taken
Which: Identify requirements and constraints, such as where at work can I give myself my insulin that will be a safe place for me?
Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. By taking my medication daily my A1C should improve, I should feel better.
Check feelings. What do you feel about your goal? This is an important question. The way you feel about your go Continue reading