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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Michigan City, IN
11/01/2017 10:52 AM
During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the La
Porte County Family YMCA is encouraging residents of La Porte County to learn their risks for
prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their
chances of developing the disease.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than
one in three Americans (84 million people) have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in
which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only
10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple
actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.
“As one of the leading community-based charities committed to improving the health of La
Porte County, the Y wants all people to understand their risk for prediabetes and steps to take
to avoid developing type 2 diabetes,” said Elizabeth Downs, Healthy Living Director, La Porte
County Family YMCA. “Developing type 2 diabetes not only puts a tremendous strain on our
health care system, but impacts the lives of millions of people and their families each year.”
Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at
YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and
family history help determine their 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.
The La Porte County Family YMCA is helping to improve health through the YMCA’s Diabetes
Prevention Program. The next session will start in January 2018. For more information, call
Elizabeth Downs at 219-325-9622 or email edowns@lpymca.org. Change a life, starting with
your own.
Reference
Elizabeth Downs
219-325-9622
 
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