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Why Quality of Life Matters in Chronic Illness Care

Diabetes doesn't have to mean sacrificing your quality of life. Watch this video to learn how to make the most of your days, despite chronic illness.

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The other day I had someone leave a comment on my YouTube channel that started off by telling me that I shouldn’t take shortcuts to improve my health, and I just thought…why not?

Quality of life is important, and if something like medication, or diet, holistic lifestyle change, or anything else could help you achieve a better quality of life, why would you work harder and not smarter?

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People look at me, and often think because she’s fat and because she has diabetes, she is unhealthy. And I think that’s a general issue with fatphobia in our society, but people fail to realize that health is holistic.

Having one part of you be healthy doesn’t mean you’re healthy.

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Health is a lot of things; it’s physical, but it’s also mental; it’s spiritual. It’s happiness, it’s access.

People without chronic illnesses take for granted how simple their daily routines can be. But also that it might not be easy for every person’s body to conform to the same routine to achieve health.

Living with a chronic illness like diabetes is difficult. You must constantly monitor your blood sugar levels, change your diet, and sometimes take medication multiple times a day.

It’s no wonder many people with chronic illnesses feel like they are living in a constant state of stress. But it is important to remember that quality of life matters too.

What is Quality of Life?

Quality of life (QOL) is a broad concept that includes physical health, mental and emotional well-being, social relationships, and environmental factors.

In other words, it’s not just about your physical health but your overall well-being.

When it comes to chronic illness care, quality of life is important because it considers how the illness impacts all areas of your life—not just your physical health. 

Why is Quality of Life Important? 

There are many reasons why quality of life is so important in chronic illness care.

First, when you are focused on managing your illness, it can be easy to forget the other aspects of your life that matter to you. This can lead to feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety.

Additionally, research has shown that people with a good quality of life are likelier to stick to their treatment plans and have better health outcomes overall.

Finally, focusing on the quality of life can help you find meaning and purpose despite your illness. 

Tips for Improving Your Quality of Life 

You can do many things to improve your quality of life if you are living with a chronic illness. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Connect with others who understand what you’re going through. This could be through an online support group or an in-person meetup group. 
  • Make time for activities that make you happy and bring you joy—even if they have nothing to do with your illness. 
  • Advocate for yourself by communicating openly with your healthcare team about your goals and needs. 
  • Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks when needed. 
  • Find creative ways to manage stress, such as meditation, journaling, or deep breathing exercises. 
  • Seek professional help if you are struggling to cope with your diagnosis or treatment plan. 

The Bottom Line

Chronic illnesses can be difficult to manage but it’s important to remember that quality of life matters too.

By focusing on your overall well-being—physical health, mental and emotional well-being, social relationships, and environmental factors—you can improve your chances of sticking to your treatment plan and maintaining good health outcomes.

You can do many things to improve your quality of life; start by connecting with others who understand what you’re going through and making time for activities that make you happy.

If you struggle to cope with your diagnosis or treatment plan, seek professional help from a counselor or therapist.

About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m a journalist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

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