Self-Care Behaviors

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Low health literacy and numeracy are common and are associated with poor health outcomes across chronic disease states. In diabetes, health literacy and numeracy are related to diabetes knowledge, self-efficacy, self-care behaviors, and glucose control. Health literacy and numeracy are important to diabetes self-care behaviors, which include glucose monitoring, healthy eating, and taking medication.
Jen Nash, CPsychol, AFBPsS, ClinPsyD, BSc discusses the psychological aspect of people who are struggling to implement weight loss advice. Dr. Nash will review skills that address the emotional and motivational barriers to implementing weight loss education, and participants will be equipped with strategies to approach weight change conversations.
The majority of adults engage with learning experiences to create change in their skills, behavior, knowledge or attitudes. When providing diabetes education, it is important to acknowledge what people with diabetes bring to a learning situation such as hopes and fears, motivations, and questions. By combining adult learning principles and skill-building strategies, healthcare professionals can more successfully help people with diabetes identify and address their needs and successfully manage their health.