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The Link Between Habits And Type 2 Diabetes

Jul 17, 2020

Diabetes is a global epidemic. Experts have been warning for many years of the need for people to recognise the huge public health challenge we face both now and in the future from this debilitating disease. Indeed, it is widely acknowledged that the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be attributed to diet and exercise. In other words, the lifestyle choices we make often leads to the onset of diabetes.

Part of these lifestyle choices we make is the habits we have made over the years. More specifically bad habits. The type of habits we know are damaging our health, yet we still can’t seem to stop them. Here are my thoughts as a life coach and therapist on the link between habits and type 2 diabetes. 

Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes

According to the NHS, the following are some of the symptoms to look out for with type 2 diabetes:

  • Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling very tired
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • Blurred vision

Habits Aren’t Always Easy To Stop


On the face of it, asking people to change their diet and to change their approach to exercise seems like a simple request. There are countless articles such as this from The Times which give great advice. I mean, why wouldn’t you adopt a lifestyle change that can prevent you from getting a serious condition? One that may result in various body parts getting amputated. It’s easy, right? 

No. You see the challenge isn’t necessarily getting people to eat differently and take more exercise. What we are really asking people to do is to change their daily habits that they have sometimes been nurturing for a lifetime. That is much, much harder than it looks. Even faced with the possibility of becoming diabetic for life, people still find changing their habits incredibly tough.

Breaking The Cycle


We all have our daily story, our daily routine, and both food and exercise (or not) form an intrinsic part of that daily narrative. We also believe we deserve to ‘reward” ourselves when things go well or things go not so well. For example, “I’ve had a bad day so I’m going to drink alcohol”. Or: “I’ve had some great news, let’s eat cake and celebrate”.

What we eat, whether we exercise, and the associated habits formed are directly responsible for Type 2 diabetes. So it seems reasonable that if we can change those habits then we will go a long way to conquering this life-limiting disease. Ultimately, taking action and changing your habit loops is the key to living a happier, more fulfilling, and longer life. 

If you are at risk of diabetes or are currently suffering from it, then you need to identify these habits today and create an action plan to deal with them. By breaking the cycle you can start to get your health back on track. 

Find Out More

In Chapter One of my book “Your Life, Your Way” I write about how habit loops are formed and how you can take action to beat them. I try and share as much free content as possible as I am passionate about helping people live their life on their terms in the healthiest way possible.

If you would like further help on any aspect of personal development – including breaking bad habits – then life coaching could work for you. I am currently offering virtual sessions to my clients here in the UK and internationally. Please get in touch to discuss any issues you may be struggling with at the moment.  

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