YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program: Patricia's Story

November 2018
National Diabetes Awareness Month
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to improving America’s health, the YMCA of Greater Houston is encouraging the Houston-area residents to understand their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps to take to prevent the disease through programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

With a strong family history of type 2 diabetes, Patricia S. decided to take her health into her own hands and reduce her chances of getting type 2 diabetes. She joined the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in January 2017 and has lost over 85 pounds during the yearlong long program and she is still going strong! The program “[encouraged me to] make gradual changes over time, instead of drastic ones, and made it easier to change my habits,” said Patricia. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong evidence-based program aimed at reducing a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes. The group based program encourages lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Did you know 1 in 3 U.S. adults has prediabetes? Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease and other conditions. Individuals can reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Research has shown that modest weight loss and regular, moderate physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at risk. We encourage all community members to take a diabetes risk assessment.

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, it is best to meet with your physician to discuss your options and see if you qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at our YMCA centers.