Does having a personal diabetes coach really help?
It does! Taking on diabetes on your own is not easy. Managing diabetes every day can put quite a strain on both your physical and mental health. This is why surrounding yourself with a supportive group of people who can help you get through the tough times and celebrate the good times is an excellent way to ensure you’re keeping your spirits up. Remember, staying healthy mentally is a crucial part of diabetes management!
It’s also essential to make sure that you’re going through all the steps required for proper diabetes management—like checking blood sugar levels and getting exercise. Diabetes coaching can go a long way into helping people with diabetes check off each step of their daily diabetes management. Thanks to technological advancements, diabetes coaching has gone digital.
Here are the benefits an everyday diabetes coaching solution can have for people with diabetes who want more control over their health.
Fill the Gaps Between Appointments With a Doctor
Consistently going to the doctor is a smart way to stay in control of your diabetes. But, in between trips to the doctor is when it’s imperative to keep on top of things. A diabetes coaching app can help ensure that the time between the last appointment and the next goes smoothly and that you are properly managing your diabetes.
Ensure That Meds Are Being Taken and Blood Sugar is Being Measured
We all need a reminder now and then. People by nature are forgetful, and life can get hectic, leaving ample opportunity for even daily tasks to be forgotten. A good diabetes coaching solution will provide reminders to take any meds that help manage your diabetes, as well as remind you to measure blood glucose levels. Really good apps will even support features that keep tabs on your blood glucose levels over time to show you helpful trends that you can use to better understand how your blood sugar changes as the week and month go on.
Help the User Eat a Balanced, Healthy Diet
Everyone can be guilty of occasionally eating a little more junk food than they’d like—and hey, that’s okay! Where’s the fun in eating vegetables for every meal? That being said, making sure that you’re eating a balanced and healthy diet is essential—especially for those with diabetes. Many diabetes coaching apps will allow you to track what you eat and when to keep tabs on your diet, ensuring that you’re getting the right amount of food to properly manage your diabetes.
A digital diabetes coaching solution will also act as a health coach. And, part of being a health coach involves offering words of encouragement. While encouragement from friends, family, and caregivers is always preferred, the occasional motivation of a diabetes coach can help you conquer the day. Look for diabetes coaching solutions that can act as your cheerleader when you need it.
Keep Loved Ones and Caregivers Informed
It’s important to keep your family and caregivers up-to-date on how you’re doing—particularly your blood sugar levels. Many diabetes coaching apps will allow you to send information like that to your doctor or family members so that they are aware of your health at all times. Allowing your doctor to see how you’re doing between visits will enable them to offer more effective and tailored advice for you when you see them next.
How Pops’ Mina Can Help Coach You Through Your Daily Diabetes Management
Meet Mina, your new favorite personal, virtual diabetes support coach. Along with Rebel—our meter that attaches directly to the back of your phone—Mina will make sure that you stay on top of your diabetes management every day.
Here are some of Mina’s core functions:
- Set reminders, keep track of your goals, and offer encouragement all from your back pocket.
- Inform family, friends, and your care team by sending them notifications and updates on how you’re doing so they can offer support.
- Help you create positive daily activity patterns to lead to better diabetes management.
Mina works hand-in-hand with Rebel, a discreet and thorough yet easy to use diabetes management system.
Rebel allows you to:
- Attach your meter directly to your phone (if you want) and connect to Mina through Bluetooth
- Test your blood sugar anytime and anywhere by pressing down quickly and confidently using the pain-free pop lancets to get a blood drop.
- See your results at the touch of a button and earn rewards for being active.