Its just a number (part 2)

The last post on language, diabetes, and blood sugar numbers applies not just to diabetes. It applies to most chronic health conditions. Take blood pressure management. Or cholesterol. Or any one of a number of things that are related to health.

We all want to be healthy, and we want indicators that are health is good. But the reality is that sometimes, we have work we need to do. However, instead of viewing a high blood pressure as a sign that "I am a bad person" try re-framing that to, "I'm glad I have that information, so that now I can take care of it." Instead of and elevated LDL (cholesterol) being something bad, view it as an opportunity to focus more on exercise; or on gratitude that we have found out that its high, so that we can address it with medications. 

When it comes to data related to your health, good and bad are in the eye of the beholder. Focus on the data, not the baggage that comes with it.