YMCA'S DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention program to help adults reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This 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 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed. Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes and probably more than one with prediabetes.
The Y Can Help
If you find out you or someone you know is at risk for developing diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help.
About the Program
In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of adults to discuss behavior changes that can improve the health of participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.
- Lose 5–7% of your body weight
- Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
Participants do this through:
- Healthy Eating – Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier foods can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
- Increasing Physical Activity – Moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.
- Losing Weight – Reducing your body weight by as little as 5–7% can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.
Research has shown that YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% and by 71% among adults aged 60 years or older.
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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research shows that:
- 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
- 86 million Americans have prediabetes—but 9 out of 10 people do not know they have it.
- Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States
- Diabetes disproportionately affects black and Latino populations (they are nearly 2 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes)
- People with diabetes are about 50% more likely to die than people of the same age without diabetes
- Medical expenses for people with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than those without
- People with diabetes are at greater risk for stroke, nerve damage, blindness, dental disease, lower limb amputation, depression, and complications during pregnancy
YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help you help your patients. Based on research from the National Institutes of Health, programs like YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in individuals over age 60.
The program is a yearlong lifestyle change program that engages participants in 25 sessions throughout the year. With instruction and support from Lifestyle Coaches, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives.
The program focuses on small, measurable goals to give participants confidence they can make the necessary changes to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes. The group support keeps participants motivated. You can feel confident that the patients you refer will spend a year surrounded by supportive people with common goals.
You can be the link between your patients and this program for healthier living. Referring a patient is simple, YMCA staff will provide information about the program and its benefits as well as a form you can use to refer patients to the program.