Couple shares their journey to better manage diabetes

How Ekahi Health's diabetes management program is changing lives

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February is American Heart Month, dedicated to raising awareness about health matters related to the heart and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., and claims the lives of 17.5 million people a year. Taking the steps to reverse these habits can be very challenging for many, but programs like ‘Ekahi Health’s heart disease reversal program and diabetes care management can help.

Some of the most common risk factors for heart disease include smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and diabetes. Diabetes is considered the strongest risk factor for heart disease. Currently in Hawaii, more than 154,000 people have diabetes and another 460,000 have prediabetes

Allen and Peggi Wallace joined `Ekahi’s diabetes management program, and it changed their lives by helping them to live a healthier lifestyle. The couple was interested in ‘Ekahi Health’s holistic approach to wellness in order to address health issues. Recent health issues within both of their families became the catalyst to contact ‘Ekahi and start their journey.

“If we didn’t do anything to help ourselves, we could have potentially have been facing these health issues as well,” Peggi says.

The couple experienced both individual provider sessions and group classes called Hui.

“Attending the sessions together gave us the opportunity to hear the information that was presented, to discuss with each other and the hui any of the information that we had questions or concerns about,” Allen explains.

“For me, I enjoyed having accountability to our Hui 5 and to each other,” Peggi adds. “Allen and I were able give and get support from each other, the other hui members and the Ekahi staff members.”

Hui sessions share a wealth of information about diabetes, nutrition, exercise, stress management, group therapy and overall health. The couple says being able to discuss the information in a shared group setting made them realize that they were not alone in trying to improve their health and enjoy a positive overall lifestyle.

“My health had definitely improved My blood pressure, Alc and cholesterol have significantly decreased,” Allen says. ” I am eating much healthier and making better food choices in my journey to wellness.”

“As the weight comes off slowly, I find my mobility and energy has increased,” says Peggi. “In addition to my AIc and cholesterol decreasing, I am embracing a diet based-in-plants, increasing exercise, and learning to manage stress better.”

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