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Diabetes Prevention Program – November 2020 Blog

National Diabetes Prevention Program Blog

November 2020

In honor of National Diabetes Month

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10). About 90 to 95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Unlike many health conditions, diabetes is managed mostly by you. Support from your healthcare team, family, and other important people in your life is also valuable. It is helpful to be open with your loved ones about your diabetes because type 2 diabetes runs in families. Being open will help you develop a strong social support team. If you have it, your family members—especially close relatives such as siblings and children—have a strong chance of getting type 2 and/or prediabetes. Over 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes. Prediabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The sooner you start managing your risk factors, the better!

The good news is diabetes can be prevented

The good news is that type 2 diabetes and prediabetes is largely preventable. Most cases can be avoided by making simple lifestyle changes. These same changes can also lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Lifestyle changes help with weight loss, promoting overall wellness through nutrition and physical activity. You only need to commit 150 minutes of activity a week. That’s only 30 minutes a day, with the weekends off! It doesn’t take a lot of effort to prevent prediabetes, heart disease, stroke, and much more.

Learn more about the risks

Who’s at risk for prediabetes?

• Overweight

BMI calculator

• Physically active fewer than 3 times per week

But even if you feel healthy and you’re physically active nearly every day, it is still possible to get prediabetes. Other risk factors include:

• Being 45 years of age or older
• Having a parent or sibling who has type 2 diabetes
• Birthing a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
• Having a history of diabetes while pregnant

If you, family, or friends may be at risk, share or take the risk test today.

Take control of your health!

Studies show that people with prediabetes who take part in an organized lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). SinfoníaRx has partnered with the APhA Foundation to provide a telephonic structured lifestyle change program. It’s free to participate. If your loved ones are not sure about making changes, talk with them about what you now know. Let them know that you care about them and their health. It only takes 1 person to make a difference. Don’t delay any longer. Contact us today!

You can also contact us at 1-844-326-3043 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., MST, Monday through Friday or 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.

*Please do not send personal health information to preventdiabetes@trhc.com. We take your confidentiality seriously.