Knowing Your Risk for Prediabetes
Tuesday, March 26, is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day®, and the Middlesex YMCA wants residents of Middletown, CT to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease. In the United States alone, diabetes affects over 30 million people; another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it. These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care (in 2012 alone, the ADA estimates that diabetes cost the health care system $245 billion) makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.
The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise but the number of people with prediabetes is a growing issue, especially when so few people realize they have the condition. 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. Often preventable, people with prediabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by adopting behavior changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease, stroke and other conditions.
As the leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health the Middlesex YMCA encourages all adults to take a diabetes risk test at www.ymca.net/diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level, among others.
In July 2017, Nancy signed up for the Diabetes Wellness program, a 12 week program designed to encourage exercise and lower body weight. During twice a month training sessions, Nancy learned new exercises and weight training workouts.
“Not only has it provided me with motivation to come to the Y regularly, Craig has challenged me to do things I did not think I could do. He even has me doing the rowing machine!”
At the end of her 12 week Diabetes Wellness Program, Nancy’s fasting glucose went from 114 to 98 and her A1C went from 6.1 to 5.6 and considered normal for a non diabetic person.
“I couldn’t be happier with the results from working out, strength training and the Diabetes Wellness Program. The Middlesex YMCA, programs and especially the staff members have had such a positive impact on my health and my life.”
“Diabetes Alert Day is the perfect time to not only determine our own risk for prediabetes, but also encourage our family and friends to determine their chances of developing the disease,” said Craig Chivers, Personal Training Coordinator/Diabetes Wellness Coach/LIVESTRONG at the Y Coach/Healthy Weight and Your Child Coach. “Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity.”
The Middlesex YMCA is helping people potentially reduce the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes by offering a 12 week Diabetes Wellness Program at no cost that includes a FREE 12 week YMCA Membership.
Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:
* Reduce portion sizes of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.
* Keep a food diary to increase awareness of eating patterns and behaviors.
* Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.
* Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
* Incorporate more activity in your day, like taking the stairs or parking farther away from your destination.
* Speak to your doctor about diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight.