“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – La Rochefoucald
One of the most difficult decisions that anyone needs to make is to decide upon the best diet that satisfies both the body and the mind. Despite the information explosion regarding nutrition and myriad apps, confusion still remains as to what or what not to eat. Though details of diet is not the aim of this discussion, the goal of any diabetes diet plan is to improve blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers and keep weight on track. This along with exercise reduces diabetes complications like heart disease and stroke. Though personal judgement is paramount, professional help from a nutritionist is desirable.
The diagnosis of an inappropriate blood sugar is quite daunting and sometimes nothing short of bereavement and the rule book in the form of do`s and don’ts stare in their faces. Motivational interviewing and better psychological and nutrition techniques may need to be used to ensure long-term adherence and good results.
Eating disorders occur more frequently in diabetics and need to be managed diligently for better blood sugar control and thus prevention of further complications.
In the UK, 76% of adults use mobiles and collectively, UK consumers check their smartphones over a billion times a day. The widespread use of this technology and the level of engagement have the potential of changing the way clients engage with their healthcare providers leading to more involvement in their self-care. At the American Heart Association’s annual Scientific Session 2015, data was presented demonstrating that wearables to track diet and activity behaviors – in combination with remote “coaching” from a health care professional – they actually made better choices and adopted healthier lifestyles. Specifically, the study showed that those patients who were engaged via mobile devices actually increased fruit and vegetable intake, decreased sedentary screen time and decreased their saturated fat intake. In addition, engaged patients appeared to have increased moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. This shows a clear trend towards adoption of healthier lifestyles with the use of mobile technology.
Though futurism is an imperfect science, mobile technology has the potential of becoming the constant companion in life`s journey. The journey is just beginning.