SYCAMORE – Tuesday, March 25 is Diabetes Alert Day, and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA urges residents of DeKalb County to be aware of their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Nearly 26 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, and one in three people have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.
The number of people with prediabetes is a growing issue that can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other conditions.
The Kishwaukee Family YMCA encourages residents of DeKalb County to assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by visiting www.diabetes.org/risktest. Individuals can learn how background and lifestyle choices help determine the ultimate risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight, and activity level.
Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes:
• eat fruits and vegetables every day;
• choose fish, lean meats, and poultry without skin;
• aim for whole grains with every meal;
• be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week;
• choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar; and
• speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight.
“Lifestyle changes can help prevent developing type 2 diabetes, but the key is to recognize the risk and determine what needs to be done,” said Kara Gallagher, director of strategic health initiatives at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. “You don’t have to make the changes alone – your Kishwaukee Family YMCA can help those at risk through programs such as our Diabetes Prevention Program.”