Prediabetes can be reversed – but it requires IRL time, support, and lifestyle that apps and smartwatch can’t provide.
For decades, November has been the National Awareness Month for Diabetes in the United States and for decades, National Diabetes. Rates You continue to exit. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Reports 88 million American adults – more than one in three – already have it. PreDiabetes. Unfortunately, this number is growing, and we should not look for technology to find solutions.
People with pre-diabetes can tolerate insulin. But most of them – 84% – do not even know they have it, which puts them at risk for not only diabetes but also heart disease, stroke and severe covad-19. A Study A report released by the American Diabetes Association in June found that 40% of Americans who died of CVD-19 had diabetes.
Speaking in this age of apprenticeship may be heresy, but technology does not solve this problem. The ever-increasing use of smart gadgets and fitness monitors and health applications in the United States has not stopped obesity or pre-diabetes issues. Technology has no effect on pre-diabetes.
If you are one of the 88 million, you Can Make lifestyle changes to reduce your pre-diabetes conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes is inevitable. But prevention requires more than counting calories or actions. It requires being healthy.
There is no app for that – but that doesn’t mean there is no help.
Lifestyle change is a process that requires commitment. All year round National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) The CDC has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% of people over 60). It works, but not when pushed by a button.
DPP will provide year-round integrated advice and support on behavioral improvement with multiple vectors. You are guided by personal planning, experimentation and perhaps mistakes. Then you come up with ideas, and to see them flush it out, it’s really fun. For some, staying awake is the key. For others, it is important to know the causes of anxiety or what a healthy diet looks like. A full year of coaching will give you the first joy of trying something new and will continue to keep you up to date. DPP is based on human interaction for human labor. An app alone cannot do this.
In terms of exercise change, fitness equipment is not enough. To make long-term lifestyle changes, they need to join the real world.
The good news is that CDC DPP is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and major health insurance plans. The focus is on creating small continuous practice changes that combine regular activity, healthy eating, stress management, sleep hygiene, mindfulness and better overall well-being. Fitness tracking apps and calorie counters may play a role in the program, but for real lasting changes to occur, their insights are integrated with personal and group experience, which includes individual training and a sense of community.
It is never too late to improve your health and change your future. You can start by taking the free pre-diabetes risk test on the CDC website. Ask your doctor if you are eligible for a diabetes prevention program covered by your local DPP trainers.
Pre-diabetes screening does not mean your destiny is published. DPP can help you reverse. You do not need an app that tells you that lifestyle changes are under your control.
Karl Ron is the founder and CEO of First Mile Care (www.firstmilecare.com), Prevention chronic care company. Mr. Ron is a former Vice President for Research and Development and a new Business / Health Manager for Proctor and Gambel. First Mile Care is a software company from Health2047, a subsidiary of Silicon Valley, an American medical association.