March 25 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the YMCA of Greater Houston urges you to learn of the risks and take action to prevent the disease.
Take a look at these staggering statistics:
• Nationally, more than 26 million people suffer from diabetes, and 79 million people have prediabetes.
• In Texas, 984,142 people ages 18 years and older (5.4% of this age group) have prediabetes
Individuals with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. They are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
If you think you are at risk of are prediabetic, take this Type 2 diabetes risk test.
YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
Finding out you are prediabetic can be scary, especially if it runs in your family. When Donna Robbins was diagnosed as prediabetic at a health screening, she knew her lifestyle had to change.
“I was scared. I know I have some diabetes in my family, and didn’t want to go down that road,” Donna said. “As far as my lifestyle, there was no activity. I was a couch potato and ate fast food.”
To help Donna eliminate her risk of being diabetic, she enrolled in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program last September with her son, Chris, who is also prediabetic.
This free program has shown to prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent overall and by as much as 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.
Many participants like Donna have seen positive results of the program. Donna reduced her body weight by 7 percent within the first four months, while Chris exceeded the program’s goal by three times. They have held each other accountable by eating healthier foods and going to the gym to put their lives back on track.
“I’ve been exercising and walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week,” Donna said. “I’ve been able to wear clothes that haven’t fit in 10 years. It feels great.”
The support and education you’ll receive through YDPP will empower you to gain control of your prediabetes. To find out if you are eligible for the program, take this test. The program is offered at select YMCAs throughout the Houston area.
For additional questions about YDPP, please contact Lharissa Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.