Lorenzo “Sonny” Espinoza wasn’t surprised to find out he was prediabetic; diabetes runs in both sides of his family, and he wasn’t exactly living a healthy lifestyle.
Before he retired, Sonny was working as a transmission specialist for a telecommunications company. He worked many early mornings and late nights and drove about 30 miles each way to work, relying daily on sodas and unhealthy snacks to keep him alert and energized.
“I took it upon myself after I retired to do something about it,” he said. He lost 30 pounds by making some lifestyle changes including cutting out sugary drinks, eating smaller portions, or simply sharing a meal with his wife when dining out.
Sonny took up bike riding in an effort to introduce physical activity into his regimen, beginning with short bike rides to the store. “Now I’m up to 10 miles a day, and once or twice a week, I’ll do a 22-miler.”
In order to sustain his new-found healthy lifestyle, his physician also recommended he enroll in Prevent, an online diabetes prevention program that combines education, personalized coaching, social support and digital tracking tools to motivate healthy behaviors. He has since completed the 16-week program and though he’s no longer prediabetic, but continues to take advantage of its online service as he continues his journey.