On American Diabetes Association Alert Day, we encourage all community members to take a diabetes risk assessment by visiting www.diabetes.org/risktest. If you are at risk for prediabetes, it’s best to meet with your primary care physician to discuss your options.

  • An estimated 79 million people, one in three adults, in the United States have prediabetes yet just 11 percent of those individuals know they have it.
  • 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 cardiovascular disease and other conditions. 

To help adults make lifestyle changes, the Y offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, based on the National Institutes of Health-led, CDC-supported, Diabetes Prevention Program study that showed how eating better and increasing physical activity led to better health and the reduction of new type 2 diabetes cases.   The next class at the White Bear Area YMCA starts Tuesday, April 8th from 11:30am-12:30pm.  To register, stop by member services or call 612-465-0545.