Fayetteville (WSYR-TV) -- Millions of Americans – 79-million to be exact – have pre-diabetes, meaning they’re at high risk of developing the disease.The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program
is battling the disease head on.
Kay Van Wie is like millions of other Americans. She was at risk for diabetes, but she’s now a success story on how to prevent it.
“Healthwise...I feel so much better,” Van Wie told NewsChannel 9.
About a year and a half ago, Van Wie started her weight loss journey with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program. She kept close track of everything she ate. The program has been shown to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
“We've had great success with all of our participants in their weight loss, many have come off medications, reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cholesterol. So they don't end up getting diabetes, but they also improve their health in other ways,” said Jessica DesRosiers with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse.
Being overweight, or having high blood pressure are precursors to diabetes, but if you have a family history of the disease, or if you gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds you may be at risk too.
Becoming active is a huge part of the program. The goal is 150 minutes of exercise a week, which is just 21 minutes a day.
“It's little tricks, it's education, and it's just getting up and moving and what we've discovered not only do people feel better, but they look better and have more energy - so they're excited to maintain the program,” explained Health Coach Kathy Mogle.
“Once I started losing the weight, it was great! A little bit at a time. Halfway through the program, I had lost over 10 pounds, that to me was a big incentive,” Van Wie said. Van Wie didn’t stop there. The 16 week class is over, but she’s now down more than 30 pounds.
The four month class meets once a week, for one hour and it’s offered at three of Central New York’s YMCA locations.
To see if you’re at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes or for more information on how to sign up for the class, call 315-474-6851 or visit http://www.ymcaofgreatersyracuse.org/