November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes. 

In 2018, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes was $327 billion, up from $245 billion in 2012; a 26 percent increase over a five-year period. In 2017, 84 million people in the U.S. had prediabetes, an increase from 79 million people in 2010. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.

Prediabetes does not mean that diabetes is imminent. There are multiple ways to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. One them is through the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. 

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month lifestyle behavior intervention. Beginning with the 16 weekly one-hour sessions, a trained lifestyle coach will help you learn about healthy eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated and other behavior changes, all in a comfortable classroom setting. After the core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

This program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Small, simple changes can greatly reduce the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Are you ready to take control of your health? 

For more information on the program or to register, please contact Brittany Carroll.