What Is Diabetes?

Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 5:03 a.m. PT

Originally published: March 15, 2018, at 12:29 p.m. PT

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.

We encourage you to find out if you are at risk, take this quick assessment. Then share the test with friends and family.



The Y Can Help

If you find out you or someone you know is at risk for developing diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help. Contact us for more information.

Call: 206 344 3181

Email: ChronicDiseasePrevention@seattleymca.org