Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Making Lifestyle Changes for Better Health…

Changing old lifestyle habits related to one’s diet and physical activity is not an easy task and it gets harder if there are lots of changes to be made.

The best way to achieve one’s goal of reducing weight and preventing Type 2 diabetes is by making the change one step at a time.

Get Started

1. Find out how focussed you are by asking yourself if you are willing to change your habits.

2. Find out what lifestyle changes you need to make. The changes must be important enough to motivate you. Break them up into smaller steps.

3. Choose a few areas for improvement that are easy to do, you want to do the most, and that will make the biggest impact.

4. Make your goals SMART

Specific - Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are not helpful.

Measurable - Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success.

Attainable - Make sure that it's possible to achieve the goals you set.

Relevant - Goals should be relevant to your requirement. This will help you to develop the focus you need.

Time Bound - Your goals must have a deadline.

For example

1. Setting diet related goals : 

How long?… For the next month
How often?... four days each week
Realistic and Specific?… I will eat two pieces of fruit a day — one at breakfast and one as an afternoon snack. 

2. Setting activity  related goals: 

How long?... For the next month
How often?... four days each week 
Realistic and specific?... I will take a 15  a minute- walk after lunch 

5. Pin up your goals where you will see them often and practice them.

6. At the end of the specified period see if you were successful.

If you weren't successful, try again. Revise your goals or choose easier ones.

Were you successful? CONGRATULATIONS! Now choose some new goals to work on.

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