Did you know that 1 in 3 adult Americans is at high risk for diabetes?
That’s 86 million people!
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. This program helps those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe they may be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious health condition that is marked by high glucose levels caused by abnormalities in the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. It can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure and blindness.
How do I know if I have prediabetes or I’m at risk?
Determining whether a person is at high risk for developing diabetes can be accomplished in three ways:
Doctor diagnosis of prediabetes
Blood test with one of the following results:
Fasting plasma glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dL
A1C between 5.7 and 6.4 percent
Random/casual blood glucose between 140 and 199 mg/dL
A combination of risk factors such as family history, level of physical activity, gestational diabetes, etc.
Who qualifies for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program?
To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be 18 or older, overweight/obese (having Body Mass Index greater than 25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. The program is open to all individuals through the Y regardless of their insurance status. YMCA membership not required.
Changing Behavior Takes Work
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help you adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle changes over the course of one year. It is not an exercise or nutrition lecture series. Instead, it is a year-long program broken down into 16 one-hour weekly sessions followed by bi-weekly and monthly sessions. Each session is in a classroom setting where a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity, how to stay motivated and other behavior changes. National institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 58% and 71% in adults over the age of 60.
Reduce body weight by 7%
Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
* Individuals who have already been diagnoses with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.