November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

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During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Lake County YMCA is encouraging residents in Lake County to learn their risks for pre-diabetes 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 (84 million people) has pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes 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 pre-diabetes know they have it and with awareness and simple actions, people with pre-diabetes can prevent the onset of diabetes.

“As one of the leading community-based charities committed to improving the health of our community, the Y wants everyone to understand their risk for pre-diabetes and steps to take to avoid developing type 2 diabetes,” said Margaret Warner, Senior Healthy Living Director, Lake County YMCA. “Developing type 2 diabetes not only puts a tremendous strain on our health care system, but impacts the lives of millions of people and their families each year.”

Individuals can assess their risk for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at Lake County YMCA. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis.

Your Lake County Y is helping to improve health through THE YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This is a CDC approved curriculum lead by a well-trained Y Lifestyle Coach, who guides the group along the path toward a healthier lifestyle.

Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:

  •  Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
  •   Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin.
  •   Aim for whole grains with every meal.
  •   Be moderately active, getting at least 150 minutes of activity each week.
  •   Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
  •   Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.

To learn more about the Lake County YMCA’S Diabetes Prevention Program and healthy living programs, please contact Margaret Warner at (440) 354-5656 ext 310 or email to [email protected].

About the Y

The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the potential of children, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Since 1866, the Lake County Y has engaged men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – with its diverse programs to deliver lasting personal and social change. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together to support their neighbors. For more information visit the Lake County Y online (Lake County YMCA) and follow us on Facebook.

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