Change Today For A Healthier Tomorrow.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the YMCA of Michiana would like to help individuals avoid the onset of this disease.
If you’re struggling with weight and nutritional choices, you could be at a risk for diabetes. Being overweight and physically inactive puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, there are over 86 million Americans that have prediabetes but only 10% know that they have it.
It’s not too late; you can make a lifestyle change. We want to help through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This program can help you learn how to make simple changes to lose weight, live healthier, and hopefully avoid the onset of the disease. A trained lifestyle coach provides facilitated group support and guidance on tactics to improve eating habits, physical activity and other life choices over the course of 25 one-hour sessions (16 weekly, 3 biweekly, and 6 monthly).
How Do I Participate?
In order to qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI>25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.
Only a doctor can diagnose you with prediabetes. The following test results are qualifiers for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
- Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dL
- Hemoglobin A1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
- 2 hour plasma glucose of 140-199 mg/dL
- Pre-diabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM) during a previous pregnancy.
If you answer yes to at least two of the following criteria you may also be eligible for the program:
- Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?
- Do you have a parent with diabetes?
- Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? Find your height on the chart to the right. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height?
- Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day?
- Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?
- Are you 65 years of age or older?