The Y Addresses Prevention During National Diabetes Awareness Month!

The Y Addresses Prevention During National Diabetes Awareness Month!


With nearly 27 million Americans living with diabetes and another 57 million Americans at risk, the Y is increasing awareness throughout National Diabetes Awareness Month about the importance of taking steps to reduce chances of developing this deadly and costly disease.

The CDC reports that as many as one in three American adults are projected to have diabetes by the year 2050 if current trends continue. There are some things we all can do to help maintain good health, such as:

  • eat fruits and vegetables every day;
  • choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin;
  • aim for whole grains with every meal;
  • be active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week—it doesn’t have to be all at once, but can be broken up into 10 minute increments;
  • choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar; and
  • speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.

To learn how to put these tips into practice and other ways to live healthy, please Find a Y near you.

November 5, 2010              

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