Type 2 Diabetes: Reduce Your Risk

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month: Are You One of the 86 Million Americans with Prediabetes?

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Y wants everyone to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (86 million people) have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is one of more than 200 Ys across the country helping thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

When James joined the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at the First Coast YMCA, he did it for his own health. What James didn’t know was how his participation would affect his family.

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Free Screenings

Complimentary Biometric Screenings are available at any of our Healthy Living Centers on the First Coast.  You have the opportunity to take a Health Risk Assessment and meet with a Health Coach to review your health goals. Each biometric screening includes a glucose screening, a full lipid panel of your cholesterol, blood pressure, & body composition.

Go to baptistjax.com/ymca or call 904.265.1775 to schedule your appointment.

Learn More: Diabetes Prevention at First Coast YMCA

The New York Times: The Quiet Research That Led to a Resounding Success in Diabetes Prevention