YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
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.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.
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 has shown that programs like the YMCA’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
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program. A trained Lifestyle Coach facilitates a small group of participants in a classroom setting. The supportive group works together to learn about healthier eating, physical activity, reducing stress, and other behavior changes.
The program consists of 25 sessions. The program’s supportive group environment encourages participants to stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals.
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Who Can Participate?
In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value†, prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy, or a qualifying risk score.
*Asian individual(s) BMI > 22
†Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.
Donna N. – Ft. Wayne, IN
I don’t remember a life without diabetes and an awareness of my potential for diagnosis. I watched as my grandparents, mother, aunts, uncles and cousins struggled with the disease–and while experience was a great lesson, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program was the first education course to truly impact me.
My life has been so positively impacted that several friends want to know what I’m doing that is working so well for me. The straightforward, simple preventative approach of counting calories, decreasing fat and increasing activity is easy to follow. It is put into easy-to-understand concepts that help me to focus on achieving a goal of lifestyle balance.
I used to lay awake at night and try to figure out how to lose weight and lower my risk of getting diabetes. Thanks to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, I now know what to do, am doing it, and am experiencing success.
“Thank you” is not enough to say, but it will have to do. Thank you.
John S. – Stone Mountain, GA
I learned I was borderline diabetic, and I knew I needed to do something about it. I was looking for a program with real interaction among other people facing the same struggle. Recently, I lost more than 50 pounds, and I accomplished this with the help of the Decatur Family Y and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
When I started the program, I was at 342 pounds. Currently, I weigh 290 pounds, a 13 percent decrease in my weight. At age 51, this program and the weight I’ve lost have made me a more confident person.
Eating smaller portions was difficult at first, because I’m a food guy. I really enjoy eating food, but this program taught me about nutrition and helped me establish a habit of eating healthier foods that I enjoy. I am more confident with meal planning and consumption, and I’m not mindlessly eating anymore.
This whole experience is having a positive effect on my family. I am able to engage more with my 16-year-old son and be a role model for him. For the first time, he’s eating and enjoying nutritious foods. He learned that healthy eating is important for everyone.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program changed my life. I am balancing my life better and am altogether healthier, happier and more confident.
Marilyn N. – Seattle, WA
This program has made a huge difference in my life. My blood pressure and cholesterol are back down where they are supposed to be. I have more energy. I want to do everything I can to stay on track and to keep myself motivated.
I feel good about the fact that I am taking charge of my health and am doing what I can to be healthy. This is really important to me at a time when health care is so expensive.
This program did wonders for me and I know it can help other people as well.
Health Care Professionals
As a leading nonprofit strengthening community, in part, through healthy living, the Y knows that in order to remain healthy, patients diagnosed with prediabetes may need to make lifestyle changes. We also understand that such changes can come with challenges and that having a reliable support system can not only make behavior changes easier for your patients, but also help ensure they stay motivated.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – based on research by the National Institutes of Health and part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is a proven, community-based disease prevention program that can provide your patients with the support they need to adopt the behaviors you recommend to improve their health. It uses a classroom setting and peer support to introduce and emphasize the benefits of:
- healthy eating
- moderate physical activity
- modest weight loss
- staying motivated
At the Y, we believe all people deserve the opportunity to live full, healthy lives. When you refer patients to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program you can be confident they are led through this evidence-based program by trained Lifestyle Coaches. We work closely with each person to support their efforts in making lifestyle changes that we know can help delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes. We will provide you with updates on your patients’ progress at regular intervals using a HIPAA compliant system to protect individual’s health information.
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