During November, National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Door County YMCA is encouraging residents of the community to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has prediabetes.
“As one of the leading community-based charities committed to improving the health of the Door County community the Y wants all people to understand their risk for prediabetes and steps to take to avoid developing type 2 diabetes,” said Tonya Felhofer, Diabetes Prevention Program Director at the Sturgeon Bay program center. “Developing type 2 diabetes not only puts a tremendous strain on our health care system, but impacts the lives of millions of people and their families each year.”
Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.
The Door County YMCA is helping to improve health through the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program coming in 2018. This program is sponsored in part by funds from the Eleanor R. Dean and John L. Gosney Fund.
To learn more about this program, attend one of the informational sessions being offered at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center. Dates include: Nov. 29 at 5:30 pm, Nov. 30 at 11:30 am, Dec. 4 at 10:45 am or 5:30 pm.