The YMCA of Greater Des Moines Encourages Greater Des Moines-Area Residents to Learn their Risks for Diabetes during National Diabetes Awareness Month
One in three Americans has prediabetes, yet few realize they are at risk
DES MOINES – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is encouraging residents of Des Moines to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease. Currently, the rate of prediabetes is higher than the national average— 33 percent in the U.S. vs. 42 percent Iowa. Prediabetes is a condition where a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for them to be diagnosed with diabetes. With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.
Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes-prevention and learn how lifestyle choices help determine the ultimate risk developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level, among others. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm if a person has diabetes or prediabetes.
“The increase in the prevalence of diabetes is one of the most serious issues facing our community today,” said Vernon Delpesce, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines can help. The association is committed to improving the quality of life and helping people live healthy lifestyles in Central Iowa—partnering with the American Diabetes Association on for the annual Tour de Cure, Camp Hertko Hollow for their children’s diabetes camp and, most recently, with Mercy Medical Center on an affordable diabetes prevention program for those diagnosed prediabetic.
While the nation’s obesity epidemic and the rise in type 2 diabetes is well chronicled, the number of people with prediabetes remains a growing and often underreported condition. Currently only 7 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it, and people with prediabetes are at serious risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease, stroke and other conditions.