Prediabetes and You, a Hidden Risk
Tuesday, March 27, is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day®, and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads wants you to know your risk of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps you can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease.
In the United States alone, diabetes affects over 30 million people; another 84 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it. These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before. In 2012 alone, the ADA estimates that diabetes cost the health care system $245 billion.
The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise, but the number of people with prediabetes is a growing issue, especially when so few people realize they have the condition. Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Often preventable, people with prediabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by adopting behavior changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease, stroke and other conditions.
As the leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health the YMCA of South Hampton Roads encourages all adults to take a diabetes risk test at www.ymca.net/diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level, among others.
"ADA Alert Day can serve as a wake-up call for people to learn their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes—conditions that are preventable if they take steps to improve their health," said Sarah Crouch, Association Director of Healthy Living, YMCA of South Hampton Roads. "Many people don’t realize they are at risk and finding out is not only good for your health, but good for your wallet too."
The Y is helping people potentially reduce the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes by providing the Diabetes Prevention Program at Ys across the country, including five YMCA of South Hampton Roads locations. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a CDC recognized program that encourages adults at-risk for type 2 diabetes to make long-term lifestyle changes to lower their blood sugar levels through nutrition, exercise, and weight loss.
To learn more about the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program or to see if you or a loved one qualifies to participate in the program, contact Mary Amabile at 757-275-9448.
Diabetes Alert Day Event locations—Tuesday, March 27
Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA: 5-7pm
Effingham Street Family YMCA: 4-7pm
Greenbrier Family YMCA: 9am-12:30pm
James L. Camp Jr. Family YMCA: 4-7pm**
Great Bridge/Hickory Family YMCA: 9:30am-12pm
**A1C Screenings available
Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA: 9am-12pm
Princess Anne Family YMCA: 10am-12pm
Suffolk Family YMCA: 9am-12pm**
The Y on Granby: 9am-12pm
Taylor Bend Family YMCA: 10-11:30am, 6-7:30pm
**A1C Screenings available
Don't become a statistic
The Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.