Diabetes management takes more than one single action, it’s a lifestyle change. The key is consistency. Sticking to a schedule helps you keep your glucose readings in range, lose weight, and over time helps to build healthy habits. So what happens when you “take the weekend off” from managing your health? Breaking your routine can cause discouraging delays in reaching your goals. Below are two common side effects of breaking your routine. If they sound familiar it might be time to reset and recommit – your health depends on it!
The Yo-Yo Effect
One of the dangers in taking a break from your health routine is the yo-yo effect. Daily medication, healthy meals, and activity help keep your body functioning at its best, which can lead to weight loss, controlled blood sugars, and increased energy! When you “take the weekend off” you might lose these benefits and can instead experience blood sugar spikes, weight gain, and fatigue. After this health routine “vacation” you and your body must work even harder just to get back where you started – let alone to make any progress. Often by the time your body stabilizes again, you’ll be wanting to take another vacation, and thus continues the yo-yo effect!
This yo-yo cycle greatly increases your risk of complications. A study by American Diabetes Association on the effects of inconsistent use of diabetes medication showed those who were inconsistent with their medication had more reports of kidney complications or diabetes-related deaths than those who were consistent in taking their medication.
Lack of Motivation
Breaking your healthy routine by skipping medications, activity, or meals leaves you feeling ill, fatigued, and unmotivated. For diabetics, it’s important to be consistent with your meals to avoid low blood sugar and negative side effects. Sticking to a long term routine takes dedication and motivation! When you are feeling a loss of motivation, take a moment to stop and think about why you started this journey in the first place! Restarting a routine is a much greater challenge than continuing a routine, so do your best to avoid “taking weekends off” – it’s not worth it!
In order to properly manage your diabetes, it’s important to follow a daily health routine, every day, no matter what day it is. Remember, you aren’t just managing your health, you are improving and extending your life.
Your Wellsmith Care Team is here to support you, so reach out if you need some help recommitting to your health.