Join our Diabetes Prevention Program to Live a Diabetes-Free Life
According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, covering 8% of the population. It doesn’t seem like much when you see the percentage but the disease is ever-growing, more and more people are diagnosed with diabetes every day and have to begin a new journey to learn how to treat it.
At the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, we take Diabetes prevention seriously, so our goal is to help those affected by the disease, and that is where our Diabetes Prevention Programcomes in. We strive to provide people who are at high risk of obtaining the disease with the right tips to become healthier and rid themselves of the symptoms.
Many Americans go about their lives on a daily basis without realizing that they are experiencing the symptoms of diabetes. You have to be able to pick up on them before it’s too late. The only way you’re going to be free of symptoms is by changing your life into a healthy one that involves staying active and eating right.
The symptoms of diabetes range for every patient, it all depends on the level of their blood sugar and how their body reacts to it. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are often surprised because the symptoms aren’t that noticeable. The opposite occurs for Type 1 diabetes, the symptoms are much more glaring and obvious.
Here are some symptoms for both levels of diabetes:
- Noticeable increase in thirst
- Blurred vision
- Constantly hungry
- Frequent urination
- Sores or cuts are taking longer to heal
- Recurring infections
If you begin to notice these symptoms then please consult with your doctor immediately. If he or she tells you that you’re on the verge of obtaining type 2 diabetes, then you need to change your lifestyle in order to prevent it from happening.
The Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program entails teaching the participants about nutrition, such as which foods are low in fat and calories and which foods to stay away from. Our goal is to help those at high risk of developing the disease begin to eat healthy, increase physical activity and lose weight.
The program is taught in an interactive classroom by one of our knowledgeable and trained staff members. We are determined to decrease your body weight by 7% and encourage you to get your physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week. The course consists of 16 sessions that last for one hour each then participants transition toonce a month sessions for the next year to receive additional guidance and tips.
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes by your physician you are eligible to sign up for the program. If you are experiencing the symptoms but have not been to a doctor to be checked, you should do so now. He or she will determine your diagnosis through a simple blood test.
Please join us on our journey of diabetes prevention by contacting one of our YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas branches today to sign up for our program!