For years, I have been considering creating a diabetes boot camp. It started out as a joke. Wouldn’t it be great if I could enroll my child in a boot camp and he would suddenly get it? Many people reached out and said that they would love to be able to be a part of something that would allow them to regain their focus on their diabetes care.
This has had me thinking and wondering. How it would work? Could I really create something that would help?
What is a boot camp?
According to Google, a boot camp is a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training. Diabetes is a long game but perhaps, a few days of intensive discussion and sharing could make a difference.
Imagine spending 10 days re-examining your diabetes care. 10 days to look at basic diabetes care techniques, the emotional toll of living with diabetes, creating an exercise plan, and finding ways to help with the financial stress of the disease.
What is diabetes boot camp?
Diabetes Boot camp is a 10 day diabetes challenge. During that time we will review the basics of diabetes care, set new goals, and ideally, refocus your life with diabetes.
We will talk about blood glucose monitoring, insulin, and ketones.
- What should you be using to monitor your blood sugar?
- Why should you be monitoring your blood sugar?
- What do the various blood sugar readings mean?
- How to interpret the blood sugar the information that you receive?
- What type of insulin are you using?
- How does insulin work?
- What method of delivery are you using? Is it right for your lifestyle?
- What are ketones and when you should check for them.
Dealing with the emotional toll of daily diabetes care
There will be time spent on the emotional toll of diabetes care. Coping mechanisms and tools will be shared. Resources will be provided. You will also be able to support one another in a private Facebook group as well as during a group online support session.
The importance of exercise
Exercise can help to improve your mental health and can also assist in lowering blood sugar levels. During the diabetes challenge, we will look at how you can add an exercise routine into your daily life.
Finally, we will look into financial resources. We will examine programs are available to help reduce the financial strain of life with type 1 diabetes and share ideas that can help you.
Who is the 10 day diabetes challenge for?
As I said, for years people with diabetes have asked Diabetes Advocacy to create a program that would allow them to regain their focus on their diabetes care. We are attempting to do that with the 10 day diabetes challenge.
It will provide a safe community to help you get a handle on your diabetes care. You will be given information and options to help you live your best life with diabetes.
This program does not offer medical advice and is not a substitute for regular contact with your diabetes team.
Where will it happen?
Diabetes Advocacy’s diabetes challenge is an online event. You will be able to perform all tasks in the comfort of your home.
There will be a private Facebook accountability group to keep you on track and motivated. There will also be online events where you will be able to share your progress and discuss your stumbling blocks.
When will I see change?
We do not guarantee that at the end of 10 days you will have lowered your A1c by 3% points and be in the best shape of your life. We will not be providing you with medical advice.
What we can guarantee is that we will be there for you, providing you with the information you need to help you make informed decisions about your care. We will provide you with the tools and support to help you to start living your best life with diabetes.
In person diabetes camps
Unfortunately, with COVID-19, most in-person events have been cancelled and virtual events are currently the norm.
A virtual camp is not for everyone. Thankfully, there are also in-person camps that are available for children and adults. Check with your local diabetes association to see if camps are happening in your area. You can also look at Beyond Type 1 and Connected in Motion for adult camps that are taking place in your region.
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