You Can Take Control Of Diabetes

Diabetes Prevention Blog

Reduce your risk today!

More than 200 Ys across the country help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This virtual small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

 

What is Type 2 Diabetes? 

Type 2 Diabetes is when the body still makes insulin but does not use it properly. This can be due to genetics, lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, age or a combination of all mentioned. Overtime, chronic high blood sugar levels can lead to serious health issues such as neuropathy, glaucoma, cataracts, kidney disease, high blood pressure and even stroke. Type 2 Diabetes affects more than 29 million people and while some people can control it with diet and exercise, others may need medication like insulin. Regardless, the YMCA can help you prevent it. 

 

What is Prediabetes? 

Chances are you know someone with diabetes, but chances are even higher you know someone with prediabetes. In fact, 1 in 3 people have prediabetes and of that group, 9 out of 10 don't know they have it. Prediabetes is a common condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Because of this, prediabetes is often not taken seriously and goes untreated. When left untreated. Prediabetes WILL turn into Type 2 Diabetes, it's only a matter of time. 

 

The Y Can Help! 

If you are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes now is the time to take action. Contact Tara Marshall at (360) 733-8630 or at tmarshall@whatcomymca.org for more information/registration about our Diabetes Prevention Program. 

 

Two class options available beginning in April via Zoom virtual software. 

 

Tuesdays, 6-7pm

April 13, 2021 (25 total classes)

Classes run weekly for sessions 1-16
2x per month for sessions 17-19
1x per month maintenance session 2-25

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm

Instructor:  Jennifer Willner

Wednesdays, 12-1pm

April 14, 2021 (25 total classes)

Classes run weekly for sessions 1-16
2x per month for sessions 17-19
1x per month maintenance session 2-25

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm

Instructor:  Tara Marshall

Fee is based on financial need. We have a sliding fee schedule, please contact Tara Marshall regarding the fees, tmarshall@whatcomymca.org

Category: General Wellness