Type 2 diabetes. Most people have heard about this serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. But many people don’t know about prediabetes, which happens before type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, prediabetes can be reversed.
What Is Prediabetes?
Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Am I at Risk?
It’s possible. More than 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes and only about 9 million are aware of it. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.
About the Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%. The reduction is even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.
How It Works
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program. A trained Lifestyle Coach facilitates a small group of participants in a classroom setting. The supportive group works together to learn about healthier eating, physical activity, reducing stress, and other behavior changes.
The program consists of 25 sessions. The program’s supportive group environment encourages participants to stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals.
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Who Can Participate?
In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value**, prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy, or a qualifying risk score.
* Asian individual(s) BMI > 22
** Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.