You Can’t Afford to Ignore Prediabetes

VOLUSIA FLAGLER FAMILY YMCA encourages VOLUSIA COUNTY residents to learn the factors for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes on American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Volusia County, March 6, 2017 – March 28 is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day and with millions of Americans at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA urges residents of Volusia County to take action to prevent the disease. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people; another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it. Diabetes also puts an incredible strain on our health care system, costing billions of dollars a year to treat and manage the disease.

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Here in Volusia County an estimated 49,000 individuals are living with diabetes. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/county.html].

Understanding your risk is the first step in preventing diabetes. Several factors including family history, age, weight and physical activity level can contribute to developing type 2 diabetes. Learn your risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the diabetes risk test at ymca.net/diabetes.

“In addition to the health risks, type 2 diabetes puts and enormous cost burden on our health care system. In 2012 alone, diabetes cost $245 billion to manage, and that number will only go up without intervention before the disease develops,” said Bev Johnson, Executive Vice President, Volusia Flagler Family YMCA. “Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity.”

For those at risk for diabetes, the next step is to make the necessary changes to help prevent the disease. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help. Facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach, the yearlong program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about behavior changes that can improve overall health. The goal of the program is to help adults at risk for diabetes reduce their body weight by 5 to 7 percent and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Studies have shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes in adults by 58 percent and by as much as 71 percent in those over age 60.

To date, more than 100 people have participated in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program here in Volusia County, losing an average of 5.7% percent body weight after completing the weekly sessions, and 6.3% percent after completing the yearlong program. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is available at more than 1,700 sites in 47 states.

To learn more about the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA’s Diabetes Preventions Programs or other Health Living Programs, please contact Matt O’Malia at 386-738-9622, ext 311 or Momalia@vfymca.org.

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