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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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