Diabetes Prevention Program

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For Program Information Contact:
Dara Midwood  508.996.9622 x141 ymcadpp@ymcasouthcoast.org

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.

The Y is a leading nonprofit improving the nation’s health.  In communities across the country, the Y helps people achieve well-being, reduce their risk for chronic disease and reclaim their health when they are living with one.  


About Type 2 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/Latinos and 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.
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