Diabetes is a chronic disease in India, and we are called the Diabetes capital of the world. It is a growing challenge in India with an estimated 8.7% diabetic population in the age group of 20 and 70. The disease currently affects more than 62 million Indians. An estimate shows that nearly 1 million Indians die due to diabetes related illnesses every year.
To effectively manage diabetes mellitus, patients must adhere to treatment recommendations and healthy lifestyle behaviors, but research shows many patients do not do this. A Diabetic educator will teach about basics of Diabetes and how it will affect life. They also help one to manage medications, Inject insulin and how to use a blood sugar monitor, etc.
Health and Wellness coach take a different approach. They help in prevention and management of Diabetes and encourage patients to make positive changes to improve their health. They support in keeping up all the changes one needs to make in their daily life. For instance, with a scientific and behavioral approach, a coach works with the client to help stay on track with their diet plans. They also guide and educate to make right food choices, encourage healthy eating plate, eating right food at right time, carb counting, etc. Helping and supporting them with delicious healthy recipes. If one is trying to lose weight, Health coach can help to follow doctors’ advice on healthier way to lose weight.
Health and Wellness coach works with the individual in other important life style areas such as Fitness. They learn the impact of exercise as it is very important to manage blood sugar level and for good health. Health coach can help the client to stick to workout routine. Health and Wellness coach also works with the Relaxation techniques to lower stress, better sleeping patterns, etc.
In Health and Wellness coaching they learn to journal down everything that help them to be mindful and successful and which will help them to stay on track.
Health coaching empowers patients with self-management and support. Health coaching can be highly effective as it focuses on self-efficacy and skills such as goal setting, problem solving and managing cognitive and emotional barriers. In Health coaching individuals are empowered to achieve self-determined goals through a deliberate and individually tailored learning process.
Coaches emphasize self-management behaviors that most likely reduce the risk of diabetes complications with a positive mindset. With encouragement and insight from coach, the client learns how to take care of themselves through awareness and actionable changes by using SMART goals.
Health and Wellness coaching does wonders in managing Diabetes as it empowers and equips the individual with the required skills, resources and knowledge to lead an improved quality of life with lasting happiness by proper self care management.