Preventing Diabetes with Instruction and Support
Without making lifestyle changes, 15-30 percent of people with prediabetes
will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. The impact of unmanaged
type 2 diabetes is serious with possible complications ranging from vision
problems and blindness to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or failure
and foot ulcers or amputation.
Lifestyle changes, like losing a small amount of weight, increasing physical
activity and improving eating habits, can stop or delay the progression
of type 2 diabetes. To help individuals who have prediabetes make these
changes, Mary Washington Health Care (MWHC) is working collaboratively
with the Rappahannock Area YMCA to offer the
Y-Change Diabetes Prevention Program.
With skilled, experienced professionals by their side for eight, weekly
one hour classes and six, half hour one-on-one personal training sessions
at the YMCA Wellness Centers, participants learn how to improve their
diet, get active, manage stress and work around problems that get in the
way of a healthy lifestyle.
Instructors include YMCA-trained coaches, who are able to help individuals
with all types of physical conditions exercise safely, and MWHC Certified
Diabetes Educators, registered nurses and dietitians who teach American
Diabetes Association diabetes management programming and bring years of
experience with helping hundreds of patients. These practitioners create
a supportive group among participants who learn from and encourage one
another in their efforts to adopt a healthier lifestyle to prevent diabetes.