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by Lida Johnson

Diabetes, Type 2 specifically, impacts my life through my husband. I have read and researched diabetes for the last 6 years. Now, as a certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach, I can help others! This program was developed by the Diabetes Prevention Support Center faculty of the University of Pittsburgh and is based on the highly successful lifestyle intervention conducted at health centers across the US.

There are two types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. For the rest of this article, I will be speaking to Type 2 only. To simplify, with Type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin or use it properly. Supplemental insulin may or may not be required and generally occurs in individuals older than 35.  Obesity, physical inactivity, and lifestyle choices are large contributors to why we get diabetes.

Complications from diabetes include skin disorders, kidney and eye problems, amputation, and cardiovascular disease. 30% of deaths in the US are a result of diabetes. The average medical expenditure for diabetes in the US is 2.3 times higher than what it would be in the absence of diabetes. Diabetes can have a big impact on you financially as well as emotionally and physically. The challenge for our public health is that per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), diabetes affects more than 30.3 million people in the US, 84 million with prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 people are unaware they may have either.  Do you know if you are prediabetic or not?

The complications and financial impact seem like a lot of doom and gloom but there is good news! Evidence has shown that 58% of people can prevent Type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes versus 31% with Metformin. Are you ready to take action?

I am looking for people who want to change their diabetes trajectory through lifestyle changes. Together, we will follow a 16-week comprehensive program with specific aims – to reduce calorie intake, to increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes/week, and to have at least a 7% loss of body weight. I’m looking to create groups that will start the second week of January 2021. You don’t have to be local to participate. We will have weekly Zoom calls. You can create your own group or join a group.

The New Year is fast approaching where resolutions are often made and broken. When you sign up for the Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Program, we will have 16 weeks together to make sustainable, lifestyle changes! Contact me for a free consult and additional information.

Lida Johnson, Owner, Head-to-Toe Coaching, where she helps people be their Best Self. Certified Personal Trainer. Certified Nutritionist. Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. Weight Loss Specialist. Behavior Change Specialist. Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Lifetime Learner.   www.facebook.com/groups/headtotoecoachingHeadToToeCoaching@gmail.com. 203.260.2880.