The Channel Islands YMCA is encouraging all community members to take control of their health and understand the risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Only 10 percent of those know they have prediabetes. To be clear, that means 90 percent of people are not aware their blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has prediabetes.

Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. At the Y, there are resources like the Diabetes Prevention Program, an affordable, high quality lifestyle change program directly translated from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Participants work together to achieve the program goals of reducing individual weight by 7% and building up to 150 minutes of moderate (the equivalent of brisk walking) physical activity per week.

To further personalize your fitness journey, Y Fit trainers partner with you to get comfortable with exercising, set a plan, and gain the momentum and confidence to make progress last. Research has shown that modest weight loss and regular, moderate physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at risk.

As a leading nonprofit, the Channel Islands YMCA is dedicated to improving the nation’s health and helping those at risk prevent a diabetes diagnosis. Take small steps to improve your health and overall wellbeing at your local Y today.

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