November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as the leading
community-based charity committed to improving America’s health,
the Lake County YMCA is encouraging residents to understand their risks
for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and take steps to prevent the disease.
- The number of type 2 diabetes cases continues to grow, fueled in
part by a continued rise in the rate of obesity. More than 29 million
people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes and
more than 84 million people have prediabetes. Without weight loss
and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with
prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
- Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose
levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. While
only a blood test by a health care provider can confirm prediabetes,
a person’s family history, weight and high cholesterol levels are just
a few of the factors that can put an individual in the high-risk category.
- During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage all
community members to take control of their health and learn
their risk for type 2 diabetes by visiting lakecountyymca.org/prevention
and take steps to prevent the disease.