November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as a leading community-based charity committed to improving health, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is encouraging people to understand their risks for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes and learn how to prevent the disease.
The number of Type 2 diabetes cases continues to grow, fueled in part by a continued rise in the rate of obesity. More than 29 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes and more than 86 million people have prediabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.
Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. While only a blood test by a health care provider can confirm prediabetes, a person’s family history, weight and high cholesterol levels are just a few of the factors that can put an individual in the high-risk category.
Adults with diabetes or prediabetes are at higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke than other groups of people.
According to the CDC, the risk of a diabetes diagnosis is 77 percent higher for African-Americans when compared to non-Hispanic whites.
According to the CDC, the risk of a diabetes diagnosis is 66 percent higher among Hispanics/Latinos when compared to non-Hispanic whites.
During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage all community members to take control of their health and learn their risk for Type 2 diabetes by visiting ymca.net/diabetes and take steps to prevent developing the disease.
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a shining example of the benefits that are possible when community-based organizations partner with health care providers to deliver preventive services outside of the clinic and hospital setting – particularly services that community members may not otherwise be able to afford or access in traditional health care settings.
Move Well Today is a Y program for individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. This evidence-based exercise and education program is designed to help you manage your condition by learning to track changes in your glucose levels and fitness parameters. Move Well Today has positively changed lives and empowered individuals to establish a healthy lifestyle for the long term. Think you might benefit, too? Learn more below and let us know your questions!