YMCA PARTICIPATES IN AMERICAN DIABETES ALERT DAY
One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent—it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The first step is learning your risk.
That’s why this year the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is participating in American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. On March 26, we encourage you to take a simple and anonymous one-minute test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You’ll answer questions such as, “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?” to learn your diabetes risk in 60 seconds. It’s that simple.
Once you’ve taken the test, share it with friends and family—with 84 million Americans at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, someone you love could be at risk. For those who are at risk, research by the National Institutes of Health has proven that participating in programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% for those under age 60 and by 71% for participants age 60 years and older.
You can also learn more about this disease, how to prevent it, and how to fight back to help transform your life at diabetes.org/alertday. We hope you’ll join us by learning your type 2 diabetes risk this year for Alert Day, and help others do the same.