About Diabetes Prevention
Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 86 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.
Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose 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. Check with your doctor or medical provider to learn more about testing for your specific health status.
The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to empower adults (18 and older) with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and help reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Membership through the YMCA is not required to participate in this program. We serve four counties in the greater Portland-metro area and here to support all communities within this region.
Am I at risk?
An estimated one of every three U.S. adults has prediabetes, yet very few people know they have it. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Contact your medical care team to learn more about prediabetes testing. The YDPP follows the CDC’s guidelines to determine risk on the following assessment:
Diabetes Prevention Program
This 12-month opportunity, led by a trained lifestyle coach, is facilitated within a small group setting with fellow participants seeking similar goals in creating lifestyle changes. The curriculum consists of 19 core sessions over the first six months, followed by six monthly maintenance meetings for the remaining six months that cover real-life topics geared towards moving forward and maintaining positive momentum.
Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.
Target Program Goals for each participant over the course of one year:
- Lose 7% of your body weight
- Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
The primary learning strategies covered to achieve these goals include:
- Healthy Eating—Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
- Increasing Physical Activity—Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.
- Losing Weight—It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even as little as 7% can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.
Can I Participate?
To register for a class, complete and return the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Intake Form to your branch location. If you are ready to begin taking positive steps toward a healthier new you, contact:
Maria Pfeifer | YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program ASO Lead Coordinator