Here’s my daily routine – roll to the left, swipe my finger across my phone, open Facebook. I look to see if I missed anything in the news last night.
Deny it if you want, but your morning probably looks much the same as mine. It’s a habit that was formed from days, weeks, and months of repetition.
Most importantly, it was completely effortless. Not once did I tell myself that I was going to make Facebook a part of my daily routine.
However, the reality is that most habits are nowhere near as easy to form as a Facebook habit. They take an overarching goal and an easy and simple set of actions. They also often require a catalyst to serve as initial motivation.
So, let’s talk about the motivation for managing diabetes. Every 21-seconds in the U.S., someone is newly diagnosed with diabetes.
Almost 10% of the population is currently living with it. In fact, it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. It claims more lives every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
Diabetes is also the costliest chronic condition in our country with one in every seven dollars spent on its treatment and its complications.
There’s no cure but diabetes can be managed
The good news is that although there is no cure for diabetes, it can be managed. Research shows that lifestyle choices and forming healthy habits play an important role in preventing, delaying, or managing the condition.
It’s clear that the diabetes care industry is ripe for innovative solutions that can help deliver the ease and simplicity that people need to form healthy habits.
There is an increasing focus on this space. Startups and social enterprises are now delivering solutions that help people on their journey towards better managing their diabetes. They do this by emphasizing behavior change and the importance of taking one step at a time.
Here are four holistic resources to help you take the first step toward forming healthy habits and leading a healthy life with diabetes.