The lifestyle behaviours are the result of how people perceive themselves and how they want to be perceived. The concept of Lifestyle Changes is based on research that examines how humans perceive their current circumstances and the future potentials for change. The research also examines the impact of these changes on health, wealth and relationships.
How is Lifestyle changes leading to diabetes:
In this study, two aspects of Lifestyle Changes were investigated, namely, how environments affect people and how psychiatric disorders may be linked with these changes. For instance, it was found out that those who smoke had higher rates of depression and anxiety than non-smokers. In addition, those who are obese are more likely to develop psychological disorders than others. The present study explored two aspects of Lifestyle Changes that are linked to psychological disorders: personality traits and social environment.
In this multidimensional construct, an individual’s perception of their current environment is considered. It was found out that people with high levels of stress and those who are deprived of restorative sleep are more negative in their attitudes towards their daily activities and their lives in general. Stressful situations such as work load, demands at home or in the workplace are reported to contribute significantly to poor mental health. The lack of restorative sleep may lead to unhealthy behaviours such as eating too much or engaging in reckless physical activity.
On the other hand, those who are exposed to environmental exposures such as sunlight, ultraviolet light, noise, and others have positive perceptions of their daily environment and their roles in society. Those who are satisfied with their physical condition and healthy lives have balanced attitudes. They are more confident and happier. They have greater self-control and are less impulsive. Those who are exposed to a higher level of stress and have poor coping skills are at high risk for engaging in unhealthy behaviours. People who have undergone a history of abuse are also at high risk of suffering from poor self-esteem, poor mental health, and poor coping skills.
Those who are exposed to very high levels of stress, are working in an environment where their daily routines are disrupted and there is a lack of restorative sleep are also at high risk for poor coping skills. They are also at higher risk for engaging in risky behaviours. Those who are subjected to significant changes in their lifestyle score lower on several dimensions of self-esteem, health, physical health and life satisfaction. In addition, those who are subjected to significant changes in their environments also report higher levels of daily stress and depression. Finally, they are at higher risk of chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease and cardiovascular illnesses.
How to deal if Fibromyalgia is involved:
Having received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and being involved in an individualized program of care, it is essential to implement lifestyle changes that will facilitate recovery. It is recommended that sufferers make some strategic changes in their environments and engage in some form of exercise or physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. Some patients benefit from regular exercise, while others may need more individualized stress management and restorative sleep. This is the case for patients who have undergone significant changes in their environments.
For people who are dealing with a greater amount of environmental exposure, they can consider making changes in their leisure time and physical activity. For those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, they should ensure that they are taking part in lifestyle changes that reduce their blood glucose levels. Those patients who have undergone significant changes in their environments are encouraged to engage in some form of physical activity such as walking, jogging or cycling as well as engaging in some form of exercise.
Lifestyle modifications that have been shown to reduce the risk of developing diabetes include avoiding refined carbohydrates (white bread, rice, pasta, etc), consuming more fruits and vegetables, and reducing the total amount of saturated fats consumed. A diabetic must also avoid processed carbohydrates (breads, pastas, etc.) as well as sugar, trans fats, salt and alcohol. In addition, a healthier diet is recommended to help reduce the genetic risk for diabetes.