Diabetes Prevention: BIG Rewards – SMALL Steps
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Currently, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people. Another 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, but only 11 percent are aware of it.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in individuals over age 60.
A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN ONE YEAR
Reduce body weight by 7%
Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week
In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 sessions. The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months.
DO I MEET THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS?
- I am at least 18 years old
- I am overweight (BMI ≥ 25: click to calculate BMI)
- I am at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes by a healthcare provider
DO I HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LAB VALUES OR DIAGNOSIS?
- A1c: (must be 5.7% – 6.4%)
- Fasting Plasma Glucose: (must be 100 – 125 mg/dL)
- 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose: (must be 140 – 199 mg/dL)
- Prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy
AM I AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING DIABETES?
Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective lifestyle programs. Take the first step. Find out your risk for prediabetes.
TAKE THE TEST – KNOW YOUR SCORE!
|Answer these seven questions – for each “Yes” answer, add the number of points listed:||YES||NO|
|Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?||1||0|
|Do you have a parent with diabetes?||1||0|
|Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes?||1||0|
|Is your BMI > 25 (Use the calculator above.)?||5||0|
|Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day?||5||0|
|Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?||5||0|
|Are you 65 years of age or older?||9||0|
|TOTAL POINTS FOR ALL “YES” RESPONSES:|
If your “yeses” scored 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program. This does NOT mean you have diabetes. You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes.
Are you ready to learn more?
Please contact the Y for more information about the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.