Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
These lifestyle behaviors can lower risk for the chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, and kidney and heart disease. Healthy lifestyle behaviors also have benefits that are detectable within minutes to days. They can improve your strength, energy, stamina, productivity, focus, and mood, for example.
Working with Your Doctor
So, what do eating right and exercising have to do with your doctor? Your doctor can be a valuable member of your prediabetes management team in a few ways.
- Ordering and interpreting tests not only for blood sugar, but also for blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and kidney function, to make sure you are healthy or to address any concerns early.
- Increasing motivation as you are eager to tell your doctor how well you are doing.
- Suggesting new strategies for overcoming hurdles, or referring you to resources such as walking groups or nutritional seminars.
It may seem as though the ultimate goal is to stay away from the doctor, but working with your doctor on preventive care can keep you from needing more serious care. Discussing any health concerns with your doctor, getting regular tests as recommended, and keeping your doctor posted on your Lark progress can help you stay healthy now and in the future.