Know Your Risk: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

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By Freehold Family YMCA

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Freehold Family YMCA is encouraging everyone to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes not only puts a tremendous strain on our health care system but impacts the lives of millions of people and their families each year. Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are preventable conditions, but many people don’t know they are at risk, let alone the steps to take to avoid the disease. Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

Making 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, getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
· Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
· Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.

The Freehold Family YMCA is helping to strengthen the community and improve health through exercise and wellness programs that keep residents phys- ically active and informed about healthy living. From land and water exercise classes to health screenings and workshops, the Y is here for all and here for good. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, with a new express verification process offered.

To learn more about the Freehold Family YMCA, visit or call 732-462-0464.