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Bloomington YMCA Offers People a Program Diabetes Prevention

Selected as one of 11 in the nation, the Monroe County YMCA is partnering with the Center for Disease Control to reduce the possibility of type II diabetes. Beginning in August, the Diabetes Prevention Program, designed by the IU School of Medicine, will track progress of participants through 16 core meetings.

Margie Kobow is the Adult Health Director at the YMCA. She said the program is beneficial due to the increased diagnosis of pre-diabetes in the nation and especially in the state of Indiana.

“This has become quite a unique situation that we can help people live hopefully better lifestyles and make those lifestyle changes to prevent type II diabetes,” said Kobow.

The goal of the program is for individuals to lose 7% of their body mass and to become physically active at least 150 minutes per week.

“They will be required to have a blood test and it will put them in that pre-diabetes phase, assessing blood glucose levels from 100-105 and if they’re put in that range, then they’re considered diagnosis pre-diabetes. So it’s actually become a diagnosis now. Either you weren’t diabetic, or you had diabetes. And now we’re kind of getting in that range where they see those blood sugars increasing over time,” said Kobow.

Research has shown that the types of changes made through the Diabetes Prevention Program can significantly reduce the onset of type II diabetes.

“Some people will develop Type II diabetes from their health history – they inherit it,” Kobow explained. “Those are the things that you can’t avoid, but when it becomes preventable by eating right, by becoming physically active, those types of things can help prevent type II diabetes by about 50%.”

After completing the program, participants will meet monthly for support in maintaining their healthy lifestyles.

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