If you believe you are at risk for developing diabetes, there is something you can do about it. People with prediabetes who make the kinds of basic lifestyle changes the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program suggests—modest weight loss, eating healthy and regular physical activity—have been shown to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research shows that:
29 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
86 million Americans have prediabetes—but 9 out of 10 people do not know they have it.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States
Diabetes disproportionately affects black and Latino populations (they are nearly 2 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes)
People with diabetes are about 50% more likely to die than people of the same age without diabetes
Medical expenses for people with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than those without
People with diabetes are at greater risk for stroke, nerve damage, blindness, dental disease, lower limb amputation, depression, and complications during pregnancy
The Y Can Help
If you find you are at risk for developing diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help. The lifestyle changes outlined in the program—modest weight loss, healthy eating, and regular physical activity—have been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.