Diabetes Prevention Program

Did You Know?

  • Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. About 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, more than 1 in 5 New Yorkers are prediabetes.
  • People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease.
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

The Good News...

Lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes and those at high risk for the disease. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain these healthy habits to reduce your risk and ensure that you can live life to its fullest.

Risk Factors for Diabetes

  • Being overweight or obese (i.e., BMI of 25 or higher)
  • First-degree family history of diabetes
  • Being age 45 or older
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Low HDL Cholesterol (35 mg/dl; 0.09 mmol/l) and high triglycerides (250 mg/dl;2.82 mmol/l)
  • High blood pressure (consistent reading of 140/90mmHg or higher)
  • History of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Belonging to one of the following ethnic populations: African Americans, Native American Indians, Latinos, Asian, Americans, and Pacific Islanders
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Having a history of vascular disease

Reduce Your Risk

The Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps you take control of your life by adopting healthy habits that reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Research by the National Institute of Health has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the prevalence of type 2 diabetes by up to 58%.

The Program

The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in small groups to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity.

The 12 month program consists of 16 one hour weekly sessions, followed by monthly meetings led by a trained lifestyle coach. Discussion topics include healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving and much more.

Are you at risk?

Check each box that applies:

 My blood pressure is 140/90 or higher or I’ve been told I have high blood pressure.
 I’ve been told my cholesterol levels are not normal.
 I’m fairly inactive; I’m physically active two or fewer times a week.
 I have or had a parent or sibling with diabetes.
 I’ve had gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby over 9lbs.
 I’m 45 or older.

If you have checked three or more boxes above you may be at risk for prediabetes and you qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program