Live Your Best Life
Contact Samantha Metz today to learn more about the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), or the YMCA's Families in Training (FIT) program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 756-4198 for more information!
Make a Change for Life
SVHC lifestyle coach has the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:
Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
Set and meet your goals
Build relationships with other participants
Work as a group to meet challenges
Understand and respond to your food cues
Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies.
When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.
What Is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you may develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.
Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. The Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Could You Have Prediabetes?
Take the Quiz: This simple, seven-question quiz assesses if a person is at risk for having prediabetes
How Common is Type 2 Diabetes?
An estimated 79 million Americans have prediabetes, and only 11 percent of them know they have it, putting them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Does the SVHC Diabetes Prevention Program Work?
This program can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.