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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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Upcoming Classes (25 week program)
This program provides a supportive environment in a small group setting. Focus on healthier eating and increasing physical activity to reduce the risk for developing diabetes. Program is 12-months (16 weekly sessions, four bimonthly sessions and six monthly sessions). A Y membership is included for the first 16 weeks of the program.
TH | 5:00-6:00 pm
M | 5:00-6:00 pm
Program Price: $429
If you have GHC Insurance, the cost of the program is covered. Financial assistance is also available.
I joined the YMCA Diabetes Prevention program because my A-1c was elevated and I felt like it was time to do something about it The program is a long term commitment which allows you the time to build new habits. It is not a high pressure program. The goal is to help support each person in their journey to better health. You are part of a group of people that are going through some of the same things you are going through and so it is a very supportive and collaborative process. Each meeting builds on the skills you have learned and puts a focus on understanding where you might run into obstacles and helps you have a plan in case you do. Like any program, you get out of it what you put into it. I took the program to heart and implemented what I learned. Because of this I was able to not only lose weight but I was able to get my A-1c back into the normal range which is a great boost to my overall health. I would highly recommend the program.