How to Prevent, Delay and Manage Chronic Disease
Posted by Medavie Blue Cross on February 21, 2023
In October 2021, Joe weighed 241 pounds, had Type 2 diabetes, and required sleep medication and a CPAP machine to control sleep apnea. Less than one year later, with the support and guidance of a health coach, Joe shed 56 pounds and brought his blood sugar levels back to normal energy. This meant he no longer required a CPAP machine, medication to sleep, drugs to treat his diabetes, or statin to lower his cholesterol. The energy he gained from his weight loss and diabetes-free diagnosis allowed him to exercise regularly and even win a marathon within 12 months of signing up for a diabetes care program.* “I was excited. Thrilled. I’ve never won anything for physical exercise before.” Joe**
*Our Diabetes Care Program is also designed to empower plan members to take charge of their condition with all-in-one, exclusive access to real-time support from a team of health coaches. This program also offers home delivery of testing supplies and is available through our digital health storefront, Connected Care.
If you are diagnosed with a chronic disease, education, communication and connection are key to limiting the impact of your condition on your wellbeing. Research your condition, consult chronic disease specialists and reach out to others for support.
To learn more about how you can prevent, delay or manage a chronic disease, speak to your HR professional or your Medavie Blue Cross representative.
**Joe is not his real name. While he was happy to share his story, we protected his identity in keeping with our commitment to confidentiality.