Nashua YMCA plans Diabetes Prevention Program

NASHUA – The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced its Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The yearlong program consists of 16 one-hour weekly classroom sessions, then eight monthly sessions. A lifestyle coach helps participants learn strategies for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes.

Most people don’t know they have prediabetes. New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 1 in 4 Americans – 86 million people – have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010.

Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it. With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

“As the number of new people with prediabetes continues to rise, it is important people understand what a prediabetes diagnosis means and options available to reverse course,” said Maegan Demers, healthy living director. “Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and the YMCA can help people make the necessary changes to improve health.”

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease.

Factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

An individual must be at least 18 years old, overweight with a BMI greater than or equal to 25, and diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk for diabetes. A YMCA membership isn’t needed to participate, and financial assistance is available to cover part of the cost.

The next session will begin Tuesday, May 19. To qualify, contact Maegan Demers at 882-2011 or mdemers@nmymca.org.

Nashua YMCA plans Diabetes Prevention Program

NASHUA – The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced its Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The yearlong program consists of 16 one-hour weekly classroom sessions, then eight monthly sessions. A lifestyle coach helps participants learn strategies for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes.

Most people don’t know they have prediabetes. New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 1 in 4 Americans – 86 million people – have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010.

Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it. With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

“As the number of new people with prediabetes continues to rise, it is important people understand what a prediabetes diagnosis means and options available to reverse course,” said Maegan Demers, healthy living director. “Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and the YMCA can help people make the necessary changes to improve health.”

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease.

Factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

An individual must be at least 18 years old, overweight with a BMI greater than or equal to 25, and diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk for diabetes. A YMCA membership isn’t needed to participate, and financial assistance is available to cover part of the cost.

The next session will begin Tuesday, May 19. To qualify, contact Maegan Demers at 882-2011 or mdemers@nmymca.org.