Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and yet only one in four are aware they have it. Diabetes has several complications including problems with your heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and loss of limbs. This chronic disease is very expensive to manage. Several factors including age, weight, family history, and level of physical activity can all increase a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes is a condition which has no symptoms, but is almost always present before someone gets full-blown type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes can now be diagnosed by a physician. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 86 million Americans have prediabetes, but only one in ten are aware of it. Chances are you, or someone you know, are one of the 77 million Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes and should start eating healthier and being more physically active right away.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program works to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes by helping people understand the condition and take steps toward preventing it. The Akron Area YMCA is joining Ys across the country in addressing the diabetes epidemic and working together to build awareness and offer support. By helping people recognize they’re prediabetic and at risk for diabetes, the Akron Area YMCA hopes to empower and work with people to take control of their lives.Prediabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Often it occurs without symptoms or warning, and by the time issues like fatigue, frequent urination, and blurred vision occur, it’s likely to have already developed into type 2 diabetes. While having prediabetes doesn’t mean it will definitely develop into type 2 diabetes, recognizing that it can, is the first step toward ensuring that it doesn’t.
As a leading voice on improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Y encourages all adults at risk for type 2 diabetes (online risk assessment: www.akronymca.org/diabetes-
prevention) to join the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. It is directly translated from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diabetes Prevention Program trial – a clinical study in which a lifestyle intervention actually reduced the number of new type 2 diabetes cases in adults by 58 percent and 71 percent in those over the age of 60.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive, class-based environment where participants work together to reduce individual weight by 7 percent and build up to 150 minutes of moderate (the equivalent of brisk walking) physical activity per week. Participants are led by a trained lifestyle coach who will educate them on healthy eating and living over the course of 16 weekly sessions and 8 monthly follow-up sessions.”By recognizing that you, or a loved one, are at risk for type 2 diabetes, a serious chronic condition that can result in heart attack or stroke, will be the first step toward a better, healthier life,” said Julie Moul, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Akron Area YMCA. “Studies show that simple lifestyle changes, and the support from people around you, can delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes.”To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program offered at the Akron Area YMCA, please visit www.akronymca.org/diabetes-
prevention or contact Julie Moul at 234-200-7622 or [email protected].