One of the hardest things about living with diabetes is making changes in your eating and exercise habits. Knowing the things you need to do—and even wanting to do them—may not always be enough to make them happen. A recent study focused on behavior change may have some keys that can be helpful in your life.
The study examined something called the self-determination theory. According to that theory, there are three basic needs that help us to start and maintain healthy behaviors:
1. A need for feeling like we determine and control our own behaviors.
2. A need to feel like we are good at what we do or are competent.
3. A need to feel understood and cared for by others.
If people believe those needs are being met, they are better able to make changes and have a greater sense of well-being, physical health and mental health.