Diabetes Prevention Program – April Blog Post

National Diabetes Prevention Program Blog

April 6, 2020

COVID-19, social distancing, and lifestyle changes

It’s at the top of everyone’s minds; social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is already changing our lives in big ways. COVID-19 makes it harder than ever to make healthy lifestyle choices. Gyms are closed so it’s harder to get motivated. Many people are working from home and more likely to overeat. It’s easy to end up living a less active lifestyle. If you have prediabetes, that’s a dangerous combination. Use this time as a chance to change your life instead. Take advantage of our lifestyle change program that is funded by the CDC. We can help you make the changes you need. We can flatten the curve and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes at the same time.

Simple lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A diagnosis of prediabetes doesn’t always mean that it will lead to type 2 diabetes. Identifying prediabetes early enough can be a chance to make changes. It can also be a chance to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Simple lifestyle changes, such as regular physical activity and healthy eating can help significantly lower your risk. It doesn’t have to be a daunting task; every little bit helps. You have some more time on your hands because of social distancing. So why not Take the 1 minute test and find out if you are one of the many Americans at risk for diabetes. Don’t go another day without knowing.

Make small changes. Reduce your risk.

Losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can lower your risk level significantly. For someone who weighs 200 pounds, that’s only 10 to 14 pounds! Increasing the time you spend on regular physical activity to about 30 minutes a day can also help. You can spend that time taking a brisk walk, while keeping a safe distance. You can also do sets of crunches, push-ups, and squats. Those are all activities that do not need equipment. You will notice an improvement in energy and mood as well, so it’s a win-win. The National Diabetes Program can support you in making these lifestyle changes. Just a few minor changes can reduce your risk by as much as 58 percent (or 71 percent if you’re over 60 years old).

Here’s what you can expect:

Type 2 diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, and other health problems.

So why risk it? Don’t let social distancing bring you down. The best time to prevent type 2 diabetes is now. Take the first step and take the test today to see if you are at risk for diabetes.

If you or a friend or family member may be at risk for prediabetes, visit sinfoniarx.com/preventdiabetes for more information. You can contact us at (844) 326-3043 between 7am and 5pm, MST, Monday through Friday. You can also email us at preventdiabetes@trhc.com.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is offered by Tabula Rasa HealthCare and the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.