For commercial truck drivers, the vast majority of which are men, a life with type 2 diabetes is a worrying but all-too-real challenge. The average truck driver is faced with long work hours, sleep deprivation, and a work environment that allows little time for exercise and healthy eating. All these factors come together causing many (more than twice that of the general US population) to develop type 2 diabetes.
Despite these challenges, the risk of developing a life-long disease can be cut in half with key lifestyle changes. A new initiative from the Healthy Trucking Association of America, the American Association of Diabetes Educations, and Omada offers anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) the opportunity to enroll in a free, online diabetes prevention program to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
James, 47, a commercial trucker driver in Anderson, Indiana shares his experience with the program:
"I would tell anyone thinking about the Omada program but are hesitant, to give it a try. It's really easy to get started. There's no reason not to give it a chance. The Omada program gives me the opportunity to hold myself accountable. When I'm logging my meals, I know that I will be asked, 'Was that a large meal, medium or small? Was it mostly healthy, somewhat or not at all?' It really helps me make a better choice at the time, because I want to be able to check, 'mostly healthy!' The program fits my odd schedule, because its available for me to use 24 hours a day. I can read group discussions and leave/enter my input anytime."
During Men’s Health Week, do something for your health or for the health of the men in your life. See if you’re eligible for this free program or share the link with a truck driver you know. Their life could depend on it.