YMCA OF GREATER WAUKESHA COUNTY
REDUCE YOUR RISK TODAY
Hanna Misiak, Healthy Living Director
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Prediabetes and You, a Hidden Risk
Tuesday, March 27, is American Diabetes Association® Alert Day®. The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County encourages you to learn your risk for type 2 diabetes and take small, preventive steps to reduce the chances of developing the disease.
In the United States alone, diabetes affects over 30 million people; another 84 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10% are aware of it.
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 Y encourages all adults to take a diabetes risk test at 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.
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.
Change is tough, but we can help. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at risk for type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Shannon Malchine at 262-542-2557, ext. 2043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.