Sinclair Cares: Prediabetes
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86-million Americans have prediabetes. that's 1 out of every three adults.
The CDC is partnering with organizations nationwide to tackle this issue with diabetes prevention programs.
Michelle Marsh takes us to a YMCA in Washington DC to reveal the two specific ways you can cut your risk of developing diabetes.
Michael Fields is exercising more since receiving a daunting diagnosis.
"My doctor advised me I needed to start changing my lifestyle like I was prediabetic,” said Fields.
He also signed up for the YMCA's diabetes prevention program.
It's for prediabetics, who are one step shy of developing type two diabetes.
"It's a 25-class support group and we talk about various things from healthy eating, eating out, counting your fat grams to stress levels," he said.
The CDC-approved curriculum has two main goals: Increase exercise to 150 minutes per week, and reduce body weight by five to 7%.
"You're down 23.2 pounds!"
Since starting the program, Nancy Shia says she's more aware of what she eats.
"Focusing on what you're eating is the most important thing, where you know how many calories you're taking in," said Shia.
And she’s getting results.
"The biggest result I've found is in my blood pressure, after losing about 5 lbs, it started to become normal and it's pretty normal now," she said.
Research done found this program can reduce new cases of type two diabetes by 58% and by 71% in people over age 60.
"You do not want to rest on this, you want to make sure you turn it around because very soon and we don't know when you will begin to have the symptoms as well as begin to have diabetes."
But 90% of people with prediabetes don't know they have it. So, when you visit the doctor, be your own advocate.
Michael is now motivated to take control of his health, "if you have time to reverse diabetes or prediabetes why not take it full forward and do it" and encourages others to do the same.
"If you have time to reverse diabetes or prediabetes why not take it full forward and do it," he said.