NC – The signs and symptoms of diabetes can range from unusual thirst to blurred vision. Sometimes people can mistake them for something else, or miss them altogether. Dawn Gallant, a nurse in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, initially missed the signs of the disease in both herself and her daughter. “My first reaction was disbelief. The same reaction I had when my daughter was diagnosed,” she says.
As one of more than nine million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes, Dawn supports the Canadian Diabetes Association’s new Diabetes Charter for Canada. In addition, the CDA encourages Canadians to take charge of their own health by putting together an action plan. From reducing stress to setting goals for physical activity, detailed and well-designed action plans are proven to help with overall wellness.
Step 1: Determine your desired change
The first step to changing your health habits is understanding what you want to change. Be specific and realistic about your goals, including a time limit for achieving it (within a month, for example).
Step 2: Set out a specific action plan
From trying out a new recipe for dinner to scheduling time for regular exercise, write down specific steps you’ll take to reach your goals.
Step 3: Zero in on possible roadblocks
No change worth making comes easily. Ask yourself what obstacles could come in your way, and determine a plan for overcoming these challenges.
Step 4: Figure out what resources you’ll need
Proper support and tools are essential. Visit www.diabetes.ca for helpful tips, essential facts and delicious recipes. You can also download and print out an Action Plan to help keep you on track as you embark on this new journey.
More information, including how to sign the Canadian Diabetes Association’s new Diabetes Charter for Canada, is available online at www.MyDiabetesCharter.ca.