One in Three Americans has Pre-Diabetes; Are you at Risk?

UNION COUNTY – Currently, one in three Americans (79 million people) has pre-diabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 11 percent of those with pre-diabetes know they have it. With awareness and simple actions, people with pre-diabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

The Gateway Family YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.

“As a leading voice on improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Y wants residents of local communities to understand their risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes,” said Alane McCahey, Senior Director of Association Communications, YMCA of Eastern Union County. “Oftentimes, understanding that a person is at risk is the first step to making the necessary changes needed to live better, healthier lives.”

Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living that can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. The Gateway Family YMCA is helping to improve health and well-being through providing diabetes information, community screenings and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. The Gateway Family YMCA is beginning a new group of Diabetes Prevention Program classes in October. Please contact Michael Johnson at 908-249-4809 to register. Upcoming Classes Begin:

• Wednesday, October 8th 6-7pm – The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch, 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ
• Monday, October 13th 6-7pm – The Gateway Family YMCA – Rahway Branch, 1564 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ
• Wednesday, October 15th 6-7pm – The Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ.

To learn more about The Gateway Family YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and Screenings, please contact Michael Johnson at 908-249-4809 or For more information on Y programs and services, visit

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