Continuing the countdown of the top 10 reasons to see a health coach, #4 is a very serious one...
My doctor issued me an ultimatum:
Make lifestyle change or go the prescription medication route.
The propensity to become obese and to develop high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers is written into our genetic code. However, the way we eat and our levels of activity can dramatically reduce or potentially even eliminate our risk despite what lies in our DNA.
When your blood work shows early signs of diabetes (a high or borderline A1C or a high fasting blood sugar), or elevated numbers on a blood lipids panel (high LDL cholesterol or triglycerides), there are really two routes that your health will go:
1. You make lasting dietary lifestyle changes (and potentially use prescription medications) to reverse conditions.
2. You maintain current lifestyle and heart disease, diabetes or other disease will set in, leading to increased doctor visits, a regiment of prescriptions--each with their own risks and side effects--and pain, discomfort and frustration for you and those who love you.
Why would anyone opt for #2? It can take years after an initial red flag goes up before you actually feel the impact of lifestyle diseases. Breaking ingrained habits can be tough, so many of us put off taking care of these conditions, going for the instant gratification instead of focusing on the long game. My position is that a serious health event is a lousy catalyst for change when our advanced medical system is able to detect signs so early.
But there’s great news: You have a tremendous set of tools to adjust your lifestyle when your doctor and health coach combine forces!
As an integrative nutrition health coach, it’s not within my scope of practice to diagnose or treat disease, but it is well within my purview to help my clients understand how to practically incorporate evidence-based dietary changes to promote your health. I’m also your accountability partner—you’ll meet with me regularly to ensure that you’re making those changes.
On a personal note, I am the daughter of a type 2 diabetic--a reversible disease brought on by poor lifestyle--who passed on too early. I’m also the wife of a type 1 diabetic whose disease is irreversible and must be managed minute to minute, 24/7. Seeing the frustration, suffering and physical pain these diseases cause, both to the patient and to the family who loves them, I am motivated to do everything I can to support those seeking help to manage their health through lifestyle.
If you’re ready to make real and lasting change, let’s talk.