7 Ways to Feel Beautiful When You Have Diabetes

Find your glow from within and you’ll shine inside and out.

Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by
Philip Levy, MD
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Use your body in a new way. Take a stab at kick-boxing. Learn a new dance step. Play ping-pong. Or just try flipping an omelet. Pick something you can master, so you can experience the satisfaction of nailing something and knowing that your body—the one you have right now—didn’t let you down.

Start walking (or swimming or going to Zumba). Physical activity is a sure-fire body-image booster, according to a meta-analysis of studies examining the link between exercise and body image, published in the journal Psychology and Health. As long as your healthcare provider says it’s okay, begin with a 10- or 15-minute walk most days of the week and build from there.

If you have prolonged self-esteem issues, talk with your healthcare provider. They may suggest that you speak with a mental healthcare professional.

April 2013