Should Diabetes Ever Be Given Space in our New Year Resolutions? – DiabetesDad

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Resolution?

Usually, by the end of January, any resemblance of a made resolution of early January has disappeared in my life.  I really wish I was better at keeping them.  I always found it interesting when I hear someone with T1D say that their resolution is to ‘do better’ and lower their A1C.  Let’s be clear.  Saying I want to go to the gym more or eat less pizza is a goal that is reachable and it is based on trying to break the cycle of human behavior.  Making a new year resolution on lowering one’s A1C makes me want to say……give yourself a break.

The idea of a resolution is to do better and surely if lowering your A1C becomes a goal, I say good for you but please make sure there is not a self-blaming issue going on.  The A!C, and I have stated this before, is not a report card, it is a gauge.   I am not going to make a resolution to stay within the speed limit, am I?

Should my speedometer be higher than it should be, I take my foot off the gas and car slows to the desired speed…..and I am on my way.  Now should I have a glove compartment full of speeding tickets, the resolution may make sense but for every day life, I think not.  If you are living life where you have seen your A1C rising and rising due to some habits that could use tweaking, by all means make a decision based on that.  But if you have been doing your best, to live life as you should, and the A1C could be in a better place, work at it.  But don’t give diabetes more attention than it deserves.

When people have asked me over the years if I thought they could do x, or do y, with diabetes I almost always responded the same way; could you do it without having diabetes?  When they say, “yes”, I chime in with; “well, there is your answer”.  The same with A1C, would you be saying the same thing if you did not have diabetes?

Now I am surely not saying, here, do not work at your A1C—what I am saying is give yourself a break.  Doesn’t your diabetes get enough attention on a daily basis that to have to use up a new year resolution?  Make a new year resolution to be nicer to people while you are driving……..better yet, might be easier for some of you to lower your A1C.

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