Are You At Risk for Diabetes
If you fall into three or more of the following categories, you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes:
- Blood pressure of 140/90 or higher
- Above-normal cholesterol levels
- Inactive lifestyle (exercising less than 2x/week)
- Family history of diabetes
- History of gestational diabetes
- Obesity (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2)
- Aged 45 years or older
If you fall into three or more categories, it does NOT mean you have prediabetes or diabetes. A blood test performed by a doctor is needed to find out.
If you think you might have prediabetes, print this form and take it to your health care professional for testing.
Prediabetes Vs. Diabetes
What Is "Prediabetes"?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, prediabetes is a condition people get before they are diagnosed with diabetes. Prediabetes is characterized by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes often does not have any symptoms and many people don't know they have it.
There are 84.1 million people in the United States who have prediabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes.
Though prediabetes is often a precursor to diabetes—diet and lifestyle changes, including modest weight loss, can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, now is the time for action to prevent diabetes.
What Is Diabetes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are above normal. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Diabetes Prevention is Possible
Preventing diabetes isn't easy—but it is possible.
Studies find that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the single best way to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes — and public-private partnerships, like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, are proving to be a model that works.
Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 7 percent of their body weight if they are overweight — that's 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Here are two simple steps to help you get on—and stay on—the path of healthy living:
- Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.
- Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day.
Explore healthy choices related to physical activity and nutrition. The small steps you take today can lead to a lifetime of healthy choices tomorrow.
In New York City:1
- 23% of adults in New York have prediabetes.
- Prediabetes affects more than one-third (36.2%) of adults aged 60 years or older.
- Foreign born adults are more likely to have prediabetes than those born in the U.S. (26.9 vs. 20.7%).
- Among foreign-born adults, prediabetes is more common among both foreign-born Asians (32.7%) and foreign-born Hispanics (30.3%) compared with foreign-born whites (19.6%).
- As with diabetes, prediabetes in NYC is more common among men than women (30% vs. 18%).
In the U.S.:
- 84.1 million people have prediabetes. 2
- Only 11.6% of those with prediabetes are aware of their status. 2
1 All New York statistics from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sign Up Today for the Y Diabetes Prevention Program
To enroll or for more information about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Elena Garcia at 212-912-2524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.