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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?
Prediabetes 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. Take this quiz to learn if you are at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

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 shows that programs like the Y’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
Over one year and 25 sessions, the Diabetes Prevention Program uses a trained lifestyle coach to facilitate a small group of participants in a classroom setting. This supportive group encourages and motivates each other to learn about healthier eating, physical activity, reducing stress and other behavior changes and to maintain progress towards program goals.

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