You might be at risk
Fueled by rising obesity rates, unhealthy eating, and declining physical activity, nearly 26 million people in the US currently have diabetes. Seventy-nine million are affected by pre-diabetes, but only 10% know they have it. Pre-diabetes is a condition where people have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but are not high enough to be classified as diabetes. So, what can be done to help?
The Goldsboro Family YMCA is now offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce their chances of developing diabetes, which can cost patients $14,000 annually in health care costs.
Tell me more about DPP
The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained DPP Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a one-year period, consisting of 25 sessions. The program goals are to reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week.
Who can enroll in the program?
The Diabetes Prevention Program is open to members and nonmembers age 18 and older, who qualify for the program. Qualifying factors:
- Have never been diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes
- A BMI greater than or equal to 25 (for Asian individuals, a BMI greater than or equal to 22)
- A blood glucose test result from the last 12 months within the following ranges*:
- §A1c test result between 5.7%-6.4%
- §Fasting Plasma Glucose test result between 100-125 mg/dL
- §2 hr. (75 gm) glucola) Plasma Glucose test result between 140-199 mg/dL
- Or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes
Note: If an individual does not have blood test results available and has no intention of getting tested soon, the person can take a short risk assessment to see if they qualify.
How do I get started?
Call the Y and speak with Donavann Thornton, Senior Program Director. Donavann will meet with you to discuss your individual needs and signing up.
You may also contact the Goldsboro Family YMCA for more information, including meeting times, costs, incentives, and more. Some insurance companies cover preventative diabetes programs, such as this one. As part of our mission statement, our program here at the Goldsboro Y is open to ALL. Financial assistance is available. No membership is required.
Our next session begins Thursday October 5th.
The YMCA’s DPP is based on clinical trials conducted by the National Institutes of Health and uses a curriculum approved from the Center for Disease Control.