Coronavirus and Prediabetes: Digital Health During a Global Crisis

Written By: Gabrielle Purchon

Meaningful, positive lifestyle changes are what diabetes prevention programs (DPPs) are all about. But what happens when you’ve been working hard toward developing new healthy habits, and the world around you suddenly changes? 

For many, this presents a whole new set of challenges. It’s also more important than ever to stay on the path to diabetes prevention. Diabetes increases the risk of complications from the new coronavirus disease. The good news is that a mobile-first, digital DPP, like Virgin Pulse Transform, can support you during times of change.  

Below are just a few ways your diabetes prevention program can help you stay on track with your health and wellbeing goals. 

Connect With Your Health Coach 

health coach is there for you no matter where you are. Whether you connect over the phone, secure email, chat or text messaging, they can advise you on how to readjust your routine and help you stay motivated to reach your goals.  

Health coaches can also help you: 

  • Build healthy, nutritious meals out of the food you have on hand and make recommendations based on your dietary needs, budget and time.  
  • Adapt to changes in your schedule so that you’re able to prioritize sleep and make time for self-care.  
  • Manage stress and learn new techniques to cope. 

Tap into a Remote Social Support Network 

Remote social networking is built into Virgin Pulse Transform so participants can access peer support around the clock. Digital socializing provides a high level of flexibility and reduces barriers, making it easier to reach out when you want to. Outside of Transform, there are lots of other convenient ways to engage with friends, colleagues or peers who can support you during challenging times. Regular phone calls, video conferencing or free social networking apps can help you stay connected. If possible, seek out people who understand what you’re going through. You can also offer your support to others in need. Share resources, tips and just be there to listen. We’re all in this together.  

Prioritize Self-Care With Digital Tools 

With access to in-person resources being so limited, now is the time to lean on your digital health tracking tools. If you keep an eye on your daily progress, it’s also easier to notice if things are slipping or identify areas where you need a little help. Try to keep tracking your healthy habits every day and keep celebrating every small win.  

Remember: You Got This 

Many of us have never experienced a disruption on this scale. It’s so big, it’s hard to wrap your head around it. When the things you value the most are threatened, like your health, socialising, traveling and working, refocus your efforts on things within your grasp. What you eat, your daily activities and routines, being mindful — these are all things you can control. As you work toward your health goals, remember that every day is a new day. Even if you hit a few bumps in the road — you got this. And we’re here to help.