YMCA of AUSTIN, MN

(507) 433-1804

Diabetes Prevention Program

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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes led by Jill Wagner, a certified Life Coach and Diabetes Prevention specialist. The program’s purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people. Another 79 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, but only 11 percent are aware of it.

Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in individuals over age 60.

Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. They can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes when they are at high risk for the disease. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help participants adopt and maintain these healthy habits to help improve overall health and well-being.

You can read a great article done by the Austin Daily Herald which highlights the program that is currently in session.

DO I MEET THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS?

FIRST:

o I am at least 18 years old
o I am overweight (BMI ≥ 25: click to calculate BMI)
o I am at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes by a healthcare provider

DO I HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LAB VALUES OR DIAGNOSIS?

o A1c: (must be 5.7% – 6.4%)
o Fasting Plasma Glucose: (must be 100 – 125 mg/dL)
o 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose: (must be 140 – 199 mg/dL)
o Prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy

AND/OR

AM I AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING DIABETES?

Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective  lifestyle programs. Take the first step. Find out your risk for prediabetes.

TAKE THE TEST – KNOW YOUR SCORE!
Answer these seven questions – for each “Yes” answer, add the number of points listed: YES NO
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? 1 0
Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? 1 0
Is your BMI > 25 (Use the calculator above.)? 5 0
Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day? 5 0
Are you between 45 and 64 years of age? 5 0
Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 0
TOTAL POINTS FOR ALL “YES” RESPONSES:

If your “yes” answers score 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program.  This does NOT mean you have diabetes. You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes.

ARE READY TO MAKE THE CHANGE?

You do not need to be a member of the YMCA of Austin to participate.  To learn more about the program download the Diabetes Prevention Program informational brochure and  fact sheet which describes in detail the program and requirements and contact Jill Wagner at 507.433.1002 or jwagner@ymca-austin.org.The cost of the program is $429 but participants can choose to pay the full cost at the start of the program or in monthly payment of $37.35.  Financial assistance may also be available to those who qualify.  We are currently enrolling so sign up today!

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