November 14, 2017
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the YMCA of Metro Chicago wants to make sure you know the risks. According to the CDC, more than one in three Americans has prediabetes, but only 10 percent of them know it! Prediabetes is a condition where a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes can prevent the onset of diabetes.
You can assess your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, you can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.
Here are some basic lifestyle changes that can decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Want more health tips? Schedule a free Y Wellness Consultation at a YMCA near you!