Know the Risks: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and a time for all members to assess their risk for developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Currently, of the 84 million people with prediabetes only 10 percent know they have the condition. According to the CDC hospitalizations were 6 times higher and deaths 12 times higher for COVID-19 patients with reported underlying conditions, including Diabetes.

To address this issue, the Rye YMCA offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program virtually via ZOOM, which helps adults lose weight through healthier eating and increased physical activity, potentially preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.

“I have been attending the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program  since the beginning  of January 2020. Unfortunately the world was hit with the Coronavirus our meetings where no longer held at the YMCA where we all felt a loss. These two women managed to set up our meetings via zoom. I am forever grateful for these women and our meetings, I know have a greater understanding of this horrific diabetes disease. I know I can handle this and have control between diet and exercise. With the help from both Heidy and Karina our group managed to stay together yet apart, I look forward to every time we can all get together to discuss our goals, our mess ups and how we can improve.”

Patricia Boyer, YMCA’S DPP Program Participant

For more information about how to qualify for access to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, click here or contact Heidy Barros at