Coaching for T2 Diabetes

In this article we’ll look at type 2 diabetes and how coaching can help.

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2 diabetes or T2D) is no fun! It usually means taking medication and making difficult changes to your diet and lifestyle. It also puts you at risk for other conditions, including some that are serious and difficult to manage.

On the positive side, T2D can be managed – often quite successfully.

In this article, we explore some questions around type 2 diabetes and how health coaching can help.

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What does being a type 2 diabetic mean?

T2D is a chronic disease that develops over time as a result of high blood glucose levels.

A diagnosis means that your cells have become insulin-resistant; your pancreas no longer produces as much of this hormone as it should. The result is that less glucose enters the cells to produce energy, and the excess remains in your blood. This condition, called hyperglycaemia, is harmful to your body.

What are the signs of T2D?

There are a few important signs that you may have either diabetes or pre-diabetes:

  1. Wanting to urinate frequently;
  2. Being thirsty all the time;
  3. Feeling tired for no apparent reason;
  4. Blurred vision; and
  5. Tingling in the feet or hands.

What causes type 2 diabetes?

There are a number of factors believed to be responsible for T2 diabetes; we have more control over some than others.

The factors within our control are things like consumption of processed, sugary and high-carb foods; our level of physical activity; and our weight (specifically around the waist); alcohol consumption; and smoking. High blood pressure, certain medications and ageing may place us at higher risk.

Risk factors that we cannot control include genetics and race. But having a family history of diabetes or belonging to an ethnic group that increases our risk does not guarantee that we will develop the disease.

What harm does T2D cause?

If you have any symptoms or suspect you have diabetes, it’s important to be tested. That’s because leaving it untreated puts you at high risk for chronic health issues, including:

  1. Heart disease,
  2. Kidney disease,
  3. Stroke,
  4. Eye disease,
  5. Nerve problems, and
  6. A compromised immune system.

Diabetes is also linked to other health problems such as gum disease, sleep apnea, depression, some types of cancer, and even dementia.

Can T2 diabetes be cured?

There is evidence that changing lifestyle factors like diet and exercise may allow you to bring your blood sugar levels down to a level that’s not considered diabetic. Besides lowering your risk for serious conditions, this would also mean that you would no longer need diabetes medication.

How do I manage my diabetes?

Once you’re diagnosed, it’s important to get both emotional and physical support for the road ahead. Your health and well-being is worth this investment.

Educating yourself on T2 diabetes is a good first step. Often your medical practitioner can refer you to a diabetes educator, and the cost of the session may be covered by your medical aid.

Usually the first step is to change your diet; increasing your exercise may also be helpful.

Your doctor may prescribe oral meds or injectable insulin. They behave differently; it’s important to understand what each does and does not do as well as their side-effects.

Monitoring your blood sugar levels is another important daily activity, especially if your blood glucose level is above the 7mmol/l threshold. Anything above 8.5 mmol/l two hours after a meal is considered hyperglycaemia (meaning that blood glucose levels are high enough to be harmful).

Having regular check-ups and blood work for blood pressure, kidney function, and foot and eye health is also a must, as diabetes can cause some serious issues.

How a coach can help with Type 2 Diabetes?

Helping you find the optimal ways to manage your diabetes.

Learning how to manage diabetes can be challenging for many reasons:

  • You may not have the resources or support to cope with the condition.
  • You may struggle to change destructive lifestyle habits.
  • You may not have the information you need to make better choices.
  • Some of the interventions you’ve tried may not have worked.
  • You may feel anxious about your future health

Having a health coach support you in your journey provides a number of benefits:

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You’re more likely to make – and stick to – the long-term behaviour changes you need to improve your health.


You have someone to support you when it may be most difficult, when you have questions, and when you’re celebrating your successes.


You have someone in your camp who’s non-judgmental to guide and motivate you in the journey you’ve chosen.


A coach can help you stay accountable to yourself and empower you to make the best choices for your health and wellbeing.

What can you expect if you work with us?

We want to make this a positive and rewarding experience for you and we’ve designed our sessions to be flexible, affordable and comfortable.

All our sessions are done virtually, making your experience convenient, flexible, and more affordable.

We start with an initial 60-minute session. This gives us time to get to know each other and allows us to start understanding your health and the challenges you face. We’ll also learn about your medical history and what has or has not worked for you.

From this starting point, we’ll help you formulate a realistic way forward and a plan that feels right for you. This plan is a starting point that gives us direction, but also a work in progress. As you understand more about yourself and the progress you’re making, you may want to make adjustments – and that’s okay.

After the initial session, you’ll be able to set up regular follow-up sessions for ongoing support and adjustments where needed. The number and duration of these sessions is flexible so that you can choose the options that work best for you.

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Will coaching work for me?

Our coaching will work for you if:
  • You want to be empowered to make health decisions and be actively engaged in your process.
  • You recognize that you may need to make some changes to improve your health.
  • You would like someone to help keep you accountable in a non-judgmental, supportive way.
Our coaching will not work for you if:
  • You’re looking for someone who will tell you what to do. We’ll be happy to provide information and materials, but we don’t prescribe or treat.
  • You’re not willing to invest in yourself and make a commitment to change.
  • You don’t like some structure or think goals are a waste of time.

What next?

If you think health coaching can help you, we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch to see if we’re a good fit. We’ll set up a free 20-minute session so that you can get to know us and ask us questions before making any commitment.


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