The benefits of a positive mindset
Successfully preventing type 2 diabetes isn’t only about what you eat and how you move. It’s also about being in the right frame of mind so you can embrace challenges, turn setbacks into learning opportunities, and stay focused on what really matters to reach your goals. A helpful mindset can foster wellbeing and help you along the way.
Practicing self-compassion, learning mindfulness and meditation techniques—check out Headspace on the WW app!—and managing your stress are just a few examples of ways to shift toward a more helpful mindset. Combining these techniques with eating better and moving more, WW can help you improve your wellbeing for the long run.
Blood sugar levels are one of the most important markers for long-term health, and one of the most overlooked. Many people don’t realise something's wrong until their blood sugar has been elevated for a long time. Early symptoms you might notice are fatigue, slow-to-heal wounds, thirst, and frequent urination. Over time, chronic high blood sugar can cause damage to your eyes, heart, blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, teeth and gums, and skin and feet. The higher your blood sugar, the greater your risk of developing diabetic heart disease and having more severe heart disease at a younger age.
But there’s good news: Making lifestyle changes and keeping your blood sugar in an optimal range can help prevent or delay these complications. Studies have found that managing weight, getting regular exercise, working with your doctor, and having a healthy lifestyle can make living with diabetes easier.
Eating well with diabetes
With WW, no foods are off limits. There are no “diabetes recipes" or special foods. Instead, the SmartPoints® system guides you to foods that are lower in sugar and higher in protein. For better blood-sugar control, carbohydrate consistency is key, so it’s best to aim for the same proportion of carbohydrate at each meal and snack.
Use your plate as a guide: Allot half your plate to non-starchy veggies (like carrots, broccoli, or green beans); a quarter of your plate to protein; and a quarter to carbs (like rice, pasta, or potatoes). We recommend rounding out your meal with a small serving of fruit and skimmed milk for a variety of healthy choices and the optimal amount of carbs at a meal.
The benefits of moving more
Regular physical activity (with your doctor’s OK) is another essential part of managing diabetes. Remember that all movement matters and can help lower your blood sugar. Track your activity to see your progress and earn FitPoints® with WW digital tools.