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I've been hearing a lot about the concept of resilience.
Resilience is the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, etc. Characteristics associated with resilience include optimism, an active or adaptable coping style, and the ability to tap into social support.
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2011 showed that high levels of resilience were significantly related to lower HbA1c levels indicating better glycemic control.
Another study with similar results was published in the British Journal of Health Psychology in 2008. It showed that those with low and moderate resilience levels showed a strong association between rising distress and worsening HbA1c results. Those with high resilience scores didn't show this same association.
Some people are lucky enough to be born with a high level of resilience, but even if you're not one of them, there are things you can do to boost your resilience.
The American Psychological Association offers the following 10 suggestions for building resilience:
Living with a chronic disease such as diabetes can be stressful and demanding. Arm yourself with the power of resilience.
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
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This is excellent information. Very appreciated at a time that I was feeling down. I am going to stick the list on my fridge, so that I am constantly reminded that I can do it.
Thank you SO much for this. I really needed this encouragement at this time.
Sylvia, Houston, TX
Thank you. I needed to read something positive as my type 2 fluctuates and I am only now beginning to understand the possibilities of why.
One of the things I need to do is to be more assertive with my GP. Thank you again I shall refer to your comments often.
Thank you, Sara, for this wonderful article.
It describes my situation perfectly.
Thank you for these tips. It gives me hope and the courage to be resilient once again. I thought I was, until I went through tough circumstances. Really empowering article!
I am not a gloom and doom outlook person, however, in the last year I have lost relationship with three members of my immediate family. All because of lies told by one family member and a series heartbreaking events. I am not strong anymore, I just don't have it to give, I actually have physical reaction to stress or any confrontation, diversity. I am having a very difficult time, I wish I could recover.
Thank you! I find what you Dr. Carlson said to be reaffirming. You touch on areas I am struggling in presently.I feel good because of being validated. I am not çrazy. The good thing is you gave valid suggestions on what to do to come off victorious,
Your tips are appreciated, but can be difficult to follow if you find yourself without the support or ability to source the supports needed.
These 10 suggestions are really effective alternate to medication.To develop reselience through inner self change in thoughts,actions, reactions and social engineering is highly commendable . Thanks Sara.
This article really hits home. Myself and others I know suffer from Diabetes and it is definitely a growing problem not only in the USA but across the world. It is really all about food choices though and dietary changes, which I have recently learned. I've started the Diabetes Escape Plan recently, which has really helped lower my blood sugar and keep my health in check.
I found the program at http://zappohealth.com/dep2
I would recommend anyone who suffers from Type 2 or even pre-diabetes to take a look at it.
Wonderful tips, which in the end basically mean you should enjoy the company of family and friends while investing in your own good humor and self confidence. This is the way everyone should live!
This such sound advice. I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic about seven years ago. My A1c is always within normal range (5.6-6.0. Currently taking 500mg Metformin/day. So far all is well. Trying to remain optimistic which is working for me.
What a wonderful set of suggestions*
THANK U SARA I NEEDED THAT ENCOURAGEMEMTI I
Great article. I knew most of this already, but it was presented in a new and different way. I will hang on to this article!
You missed one: ignore the standard health care industry advice to eat lots of carbs and little fat. Instead, eat very little carbs and lots of good, naturla animal fat. Avoid veg/seed oil as well.
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