YMCA of Central Ohio

Diabetes Alert Day

Reduce Risk of Diabetes on Diabetes Alert Day

Tuesday, March 22, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the YMCA of Central Ohio wants residents of Columbus to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease.

The Y knows that the best way to reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes is to prevent them and awareness is the first step to prevention. With only 10 percent of the 86 million Americans aware of their condition, the YMCA of Central Ohio understands that it will take everyone working together to increase this number.

In the United States alone, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 9 million are aware of it. These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care and overall well-being of our communities makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.

The YMCA of Central Ohio’s Diabetes Prevention Program is helping people make healthier choices that can help reduce the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. The program provides a supportive environment where participants work with each other in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce chances of developing diabetes. Participants learn about healthy eating and increasing their physical activity, with the goal of reducing their body weight by 7% and increasing their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:

• Reduce portion sizes of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.
• Keep a food diary to increase awareness of eating patterns and behaviors.
• Be active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.
• Incorporate more activity into your daily routine; take the stairs or park farther away
• Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
To learn more about the YMCA of Central Ohio’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please visithttp://www.ymcacolumbus.org/diabetes.