Prediabetes and You, a Hidden Risk

March 26, 2018
Prediabetes and You, a Hidden Risk
[Eau Claire, WI – March 26, 2018] – Tuesday, March 27, is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day®, and the Eau Claire YMCA wants residents of the Eau Claire community to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take that day to reduce the chances of developing the disease.
In the United States alone, diabetes affects over 30 million people; another 84 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it. These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.
The number of people with prediabetes is a growing issue in the United States, especially when few people realize they have the condition. Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have higher blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Often preventable, people with prediabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by adopting behavior changes, including eating healthier and increasing physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease, stroke and other conditions.
As the leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health the Eau Claire YMCA encourages all adults to take a diabetes risk test at www.ymca.net/diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level, among others.
“ADA Alert Day can serve as a wake-up call for people to learn their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes—conditions that are preventable if they take steps to improve their health,” said Jamie Hoover, Healthy Living Director, Eau Claire YMCA. “Many people don’t realize they are at risk and finding out is not only good for your health, but good for your wallet too.”
Eau Claire YMCA is helping people potentially reduce the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Past participant, Tiffany, shares her own experience:
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this class and learn how to make a healthy lifestyle work for me,” she said. “Before the class, I was sure that I would eventually develop diabetes. I saw it as inevitable considering my underlying endocrine disorder. Since being in the class, I feel confident that I can prevent it!”
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To learn more about the Eau Claire YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please visit www.eauclaireymca.org or contact Jamie Hoover at 715-839-4614 or jamie.hoover@eauclaireymca.org.

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Contact:
Jamie Hoover
715-836-8460