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Week 1: Motivation Mindset

Risk of Diabetes

You may have heard about the course that diabetes can take if your blood sugar stays too high. There are possible complications and risks for other conditions, but there is a reason your doctor may have recommended that you lower your blood sugar.

The reason is that most of the effects of diabetes can be prevented or delayed. Things like weight loss, physical activity, and taking your medications properly can dramatically lower blood glucose and risk of complications. 'Diabetes' is what you make of it; it is not a 'one-size-fits-all' experience.

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Glycemic Index

Getting the Most Out of Power Logging

What is power logging? Power logging is a feature of Lark where she will help you keep track of your meals when you touch base with her, that way she can give the most accurate feedback. This feature is automatically turned on in your app, to help you log the most meals.

Logging Food

To add a meal, snack, or a drink throughout the day, tap on the Activity tab, then tap on the '+' in the top right of the screen. A list of options will appear, then choose Meal.

Which of the following foods are high in added sugar and can increase your glycemic index (GI)?

True or false: diabetes is irreversible

What if I have a food allergy or specific dietary restrictions?

It is best to consult your doctor if you have any questions in regards to specific food allergies and dietary restrictions. Lark is a useful tool but our coaching and feedback are limited to a few specific dietary restrictions located at Settings > General > Coaching Preferences > Diet Preferences You may choose one or more of these preferences.

Habit Building

The ultimate goal for these lifestyle behaviors is for them to become habit so you do not need to think about them when you are making them. Once they are automatic, the healthy choices will be easier, and more frequent.

Lark Diabetes Care wants to help you turn these choices into habits. The more you use the app, the more you practice those healthy behaviors, and the more they become second nature. That is what is going to get you the long-term results you deserve!

Major Focus Areas

Lark guides you in the lifestyle behaviors and diabetes management behaviors that are known to lower blood sugar. These are some of the top ones.

1. Weight Loss

Losing a few pounds can lower fasting blood glucose and A1C significantly, so weight loss is a main focus of your program if you are overweight or obese.

Major Focus Areas

2. Physical Activity

Getting active can improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar. There are a few types of activity:

  • Exercise, including cardio and resistance (weight) training
  • Daily activity, such as taking the stairs and washing the dishes
  • Breaking up sedentary time, such as standing up every half-hour while you're working at the computer

Just as a couple of examples, Lark tracks your activity and reminds you to break up sedentary time if you've been sitting for too long.

Major Focus Areas

3. Diabetes Nutrition

Eating more nutritious foods and fewer junk foods can improve blood glucose levels. You can get these benefits even if you do not lose weight. Lark lets you log your food and provides instant feedback and weekly summaries of your food choices.

What is A1C?

Congratulations!

You have completed Mission 1: Motivation Mindset

The ultimate goal for these lifestyle behaviors is for them to become habit so you do not need to think about them when you are making them. Once they are automatic, the healthy choices will be easier, and more frequent.

Lark Diabetes Care wants to help you turn these choices into habits. The more you use the app, the more you practice those healthy behaviors, and the more they become second nature. That is what is going to get you the long-term results you deserve!

Lark wants you to be your healthiest self and to enjoy the journey. Thanks for taking Lark along!

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