More than 1 in 3 people in the United States have prediabetes, and most don’t know they have it. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. To lower the risk of diabetes, you may have to change your lifestyle.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is proven effective and focuses on weight loss and healthy eating. Program participants meet in small groups to offer support and share experiences, and meet in communities across Lorain County.
To participate in the program, you must be at least 18 years of age and at risk for diabetes, but not diagnosed with diabetes. A prediabetes diagnosis can also be evaluated by a physician, blood test, and/or a combination of risk factors. Take this short quiz to see if you may be at risk.
To help cover program fees, scholarships are available to those who qualify. You do not need to be a YMCA member to participate. For more information and to find out if you qualify, please contact Linda McVey at healthyliving@clevelandY.org 440-574-0580 or visit http://www.clevelandymca.org/diabetes-prevention.html