There’s a new tool in Greater Lafayette for preventing type 2 diabetes — the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program! The program offers a coaching-style approach to keeping the disease at bay by stressing healthy eating, good exercise habits, and how nutrition and physical activity can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, incurable medical condition that occurs when a person’s body does not make enough insulin to process the sugars consumed through food. Type 2 diabetes can also occur when the body cannot effectively use the insulin the body does produce. This serious condition can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, loss of limbs and blindness.
Today, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 29 million people suffer from the chronic disease. In 2012, diabetes cost Americans approximately $245 billion in total costs in lost work and wages. If these unhealthy trends continue, it is estimated that one in three Americans will develop diabetes by 2050.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports that 10.7 percent of the state’s population of adults 18 and older have been medically diagnosed with diabetes. In Tippecanoe County, the figure is 7.7 percent.
While 29 million people are suffering from diabetes, 86 million Americans have prediabetes, meaning their blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes does not guarantee that type 2 diabetes will follow; however, prediabetes can be prevented and is reason enough make lifestyle changes.
While family history, age, weight, physical activity level, and several other factors can contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, making people aware of how they can prevent diabetes is a start in creating a healthier nation and community.
Designed by the Indiana University School of Medicine, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is being offered at several locations in Indiana, many of which are YMCA locations. The Lafayette Family YMCA’s program has three trained coaches and is sponsored by Franciscan Health, Indiana University Health Arnett, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the YMCA.
Starting in September, the year-long program will be held at our 18th Street Location and will include weekly education and group coaching meetings for the first 16 weeks and monthly meetings for eight months. Those 18 and older wishing to stave off diabetes are invited to participate. The goal for participants is to reduce and maintain individual weight loss by seven percent through basic nutrition education and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
While the Lafayette Family YMCA is starting with a Tuesday afternoon class and a Wednesday evening class, classes will be added every few months based on demand.
The cost to participate in the year-long program is $120 for YMCA members and $180 for non-members. Some participants may find they qualify for insurance to cover the fee.
Those who are 18 or older, have a BMI ≥ 25, and are at risk for or have been diagnosed with prediabetes are invited to participate.
To register or to ask questions, please call the Lafayette Family YMCA at (765) 474-3448!
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