Diabetes Prevention Program
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YMCA Southcoast is encouraging people in our community to learn the risks of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps they can take to prevent the disease.
- An estimated 79 million people, one in three adults, in the United States have prediabetes yet just 11 percent of those individuals know they have it.
- Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
We encourage all community members to take a diabetes risk assessment test. If you are at risk for prediabetes, it’s best to meet with your primary care physician to discuss your options.
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SUPPORTING DATAAbout Type 2 Diabetes
Hispanic/Latinos and Diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed more often in adults, and type 1 diabetes is diagnosed more often in children, but the rates of type 2 diabetes are increasing rapidly for both adults and children.
- Adults with diabetes or prediabetes are at higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke than other groups of people.
- People who are overweight, inactive and over the age of 45 are at risk for the disease.
- If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm if a person has diabetes or prediabetes. Medicare covers the cost of screenings for beneficiaries.
- Individuals can reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Research has shown that modest weight loss and regular, moderate physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at risk.
- Medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than two times higher than for people without diabetes.
- The average medical expenses for a person with diabetes are $13,700 per year.
- In 2012, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion; $176 billion was in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity.
African-Americans and Diabetes
- African-Americans have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes when compared to non-Hispanic whites.
- According to the CDC, the risk of a diabetes diagnosis is 77 percent higher for African-Americans when compared to non-Hispanic whites.
- 4.9 million African Americans (18.7 percent) aged 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.
- Hispanic and Latinos have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes when compared to non-Hispanic whites
- According to the CDC, the risk of a diabetes diagnosis is 66 percent higher among Hispanics/Latinos when compared to non-Hispanic whites.
- 11.8 percent of Hispanics/Latinos ages 20 years orolder have diagnosed diabetes.
- Among Hispanics/Latinos, diabetes prevalence rates are 7.6 percent for both Cubans and for Central and South Americans, 13.3 percentfor Mexican Americans, and 13.8 percent for Puerto Ricans.