Therapeutic Lifestyle: Coaching for Diabetes
Oct 28, 2017 09:12PM
● By Vickie Nickerson
According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Once a doctor diagnoses someone with diabetes, prescription medications are often recommended and a treatment plan is prescribed. However, there remains a gap between prescription medication and implementation of the treatment program.
That’s where therapeutic lifestyle coaching comes into play. Lifestyle coaching fills an important gap in our healthcare system for patients diagnosed with diabetes by helping them to improve their overall health. A study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that a “diabetes health coaching program can improve glycemic control and reduce diabetes distress in patients with high levels of these at baseline.”
A personalized health coach helps those with diabetes navigate their way to glycemic control for better health and happiness. A health coach guides clients through sustainable health and lifestyle changes while providing support, encouragement and motivation to adopt these changes for a lifetime.
By enrolling in a therapeutic lifestyle program, patients will engage in self-management decisions to improve their overall health outcome. This learned self-management can serve to improve quality of life, maintain a healthier body weight, and lessen diabetes stress in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Navigating a diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but with the help of a health coach, diabetes patients don’t have to do it alone.
Vickie Nickerson is the owner of Envision Personalized Health located at 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. 14, in San Diego. Envision Personalized Health’s TLC4U program is tailored toward self-management of obesity, metabolic syndrome, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. For more information, call 619-229-9695 or visit EnvisionPersonalizedHealth.com.