The nation’s struggle with obesity and Type 2 diabetes is no surprise, but the amount of people with pre-diabetes is a growing issue that can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and physical activity. People with pre-diabetes are at risk for not only developing Type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other conditions.
“Lifestyle changes can help prevent developing Type 2 diabetes but the key is to recognize the risk and determine what needs to be done” said YMCA of Greater Cleveland Corporate Wellness Director Estelle Lekas. “You don’t have to make the changes alone – the YMCA of Greater Cleveland can help.”
As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening community through healthy living, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland is urging residents of Northeast Ohio to assess their risk for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes by visiting YMCA.net/diabetes. Individuals can learn how background and lifestyle choices help determine the ultimate risk for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for Type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level, among others.
The YMCA can help. Read moreabout the national Diabetes Prevention Program.
Here are some tips for reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Among these are:
• Eat fruits and vegetables every day;
• Choose fish, lean meats, and poultry without skin;
• Aim for whole grains with every meal;
• Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week;
• Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar; and
• Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight.