Tuesday, March 23, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day® and as the leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health, the North Penn YMCA is encouraging people in our community to learn the risks of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps they can take to prevent the disease.
What is pre-diabetes?
- Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease and other conditions.
- An estimated 86 million people, one in three adults, in the United States have prediabetes, yet just 10 percent of those individuals know they have it.
About Type 2 Diabetes:
- People who are overweight, inactive and over the age of 45 are at higher risk for the disease.
- Medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than two times higher than for people without diabetes.
Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes:
- Eliminate sugar and refined carbs
- Work out regularly and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
- Make water the primary beverage
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Eat a high fiber diet
- Optimize Vitamin D levels
- Take natural herbs, such as curcumin and berberine, that increase insulin sensitivity
Take control! We offer an programs and activities to help you control your weight and get active, all while having FUN!
*Information from the American Diabetes Association