DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
Nearly 85 million Americans have prediabetes, which can often lead to type 2 diabetes within 5 years if not treated. Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, and you are at an increased risk for developing diabetes, heart disease or experiencing a stroke. Unlike type 2 diabetes, prediabetes is reversible with lifestyle changes including healthy eating and increased physical activity. Without lifestyle changes, 15 – 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes or type 2 diabetes risk factors include, but are not limited to:
- Body weight – Being overweight
- Age – 45 years of age or older
- Family history – Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
- Activity level – Being physically active less than 3 times per week
- Pregnancy – Having given birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds or having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
- Race and ethnicity – African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes
If you have prediabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program helps you learn about and adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow group members as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.
Source: National Diabetes Prevention Program – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
BLOOD PRESSURE SELF-MONITORING PROGRAM
1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure. Only half of those diagnosed with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure you can take action to improve your heart health! Our Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is an evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure by providing participants with:
- Personalized support from a Healthy Heart Ambassador during Office Hour consultations
- Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
- Heart healthy nutrition education
- Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
- Blood pressure monitor to have and use at home, if needed
For more information about diabetes prevention or heart health programs, please contact: