November Wellness: National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetic TestingDid you know that more than one in three adults in the U.S. – or about 88 million Americans – has prediabetes? According to an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield review of current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year – Yet more than 80 percent of them don’t know it.  As a result, these adults can’t make the lifestyle changes or have the medical interventions needed to address their condition, the health plan’s research concluded. If you have prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Still, you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes within five years.

Prediabetes can be determined with a simple blood sugar test prescribed by your doctor. If you are found to have prediabetes, the American Diabetes Association says early treatment and moderate lifestyle changes can return blood sugar levels to a normal range, effectively preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.

Lifestyle changes include losing around five to seven percent of your body weight, or just 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person, and getting regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, for at least 150 minutes a week. This breaks down to about 20 minutes of physical activity a day, which could be as simple as a walk around the block after dinner with a walking partner or your dog. As always, check with your doctor before starting, or making changes to, an exercise routine.


Those that are insulin resistant have a higher risk of developing a major depressive disorder. Remember our body and minds are linked and supporting the health of one supports the health of both. “High triglycerides, elevated blood glucose levels, and a large waist circumference were predictive of a depression diagnosis in people without any history of mood disorders.” (source:

Additional Resources

ProAct Diabetes Management Program- Your Consortium pharmacy benefits include free access to the ProAct Diabetes Management Program. Through the program you and your covered family members who have diabetes can receive monthly diabetes-focused email communications, access to an online diabetes resource center, and more! You can enroll by visiting You must log into your dashboard first and then visit “Resources.”

Do I Have Prediabetes? Is a website created by the CDC in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the American Medical Association, and the Ad Council. Visitors to the site can take a brief online test to learn their risk.

National Diabetes Prevention Program- The CDC offers a free online program to help people lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent (71 percent for those over age 60).

Local Diabetes Management Programs- If you are looking to be connected to an accredited diabetes education program in your area follow this link to see what healthcare providers near you are offering these programs. There are locations all over New York State.

Maintain Don't Gain 2022 Challenge

(November 7, 2022- January 2, 2023)

Many Americans gain between 1-3 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. Usually, we forget our good habits during the holidays and then wait for our New Year’s resolutions to start healthy behaviors again. This holiday season consider giving yourself the gift of eating smart and moving more often. Join your colleagues to take the Maintain Don't Gain 2022 Challenge.

Our Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge kicks off November 7, 2022. We emailed out flyers and the registration link in October. Don’t worry if you have not registered yet, we are accepting registration until November 11th. This challenge is not about weight loss, it is about helping you maintain your current weight as we head into the busy holiday season.

For more information see the attached flyer.

Maintain Don’t Gain Registration Link

Upcoming Events

January- New Wellness Year! Theme: “Getting Active for Your Health”

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