People attending a diabetes prevention program at the YMCA

Diabetes Prevention Program

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. It affects more than 37 million people in the U.S., and 1 in 4 don’t even know they have it. Although diabetes has no cure, prediabetes can be reversed. It’s important to know if you have prediabetes so you can prevent it from escalating. Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes or prediabetes. Take this quick test offered by the CDC, then share the test with friends and family so they can assess their risk.

The Good News

If you believe you are at risk for developing diabetes, there is something you can do about it. People with prediabetes who make the kinds of basic lifestyle changes the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program suggests—modest weight loss, eating healthy and regular physical activity—have been shown to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The Y Can Help

If you find out that you or someone you know is at risk for developing diabetes, our YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program can help. See below for program informatin offered at the Portage Township YMCA.

Some health plans have contracted with local Ys to cover the cost of the program. Please contact your health insurance provider to ask whether the program is covered for you.