When American TV personality, mental health professional and author Dr Phil McGraw was told he had type 2 diabetes, he wasn’t surprised.
Both sides of his family have a predisposition to type 2 and, although he had an active lifestyle, he was finding it increasingly difficult to manage his weight.
‘I tried really hard to lose weight but it turned out all that hard work wasn’t enough to overcome my family history and body chemistry,’ he says.
‘I needed help to create a lifestyle plan that included a healthy diet, exercise and medication.’
Fast-forward 25 years and the 66-year-old feels on top of his diabetes – and thankful to those who helped him change his lifestyle and his mindset.
Now he wants to pay it forward, so he’s encouraging people with type 2 to commit to better managing the physical and emotional aspects of their health.
Dr Phil is sharing the six rules that helped him manage diabetes. The first addresses the guilt someone with diabetes may feel.
‘So many people feel they’re to blame,’ he says. ‘Truth is, there are many contributing factors to this disease. You’ve just got to move forward.’
He urges those with diabetes to accept their diagnosis and to tackle head-on the physical and psychological barriers to managing their health.
‘It requires constant vigilance and it’s a team effort with you at the centre,’ he says. If that sounds like good advice, read Dr Phil’s management tools in our latest issue, on sale now!