Results are in from two, free diabetes screening and education events provided by the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina, The Brunswick Center at Leland, and the Brunswick County Health Department. Of those who were tested, 50% of individuals had elevated blood levels, indicating they were pre-diabetic.
“This is alarming as the national average of adultswith pre-diabetes is 1 in 3 and our event found 1 in 2 adults with pre-diabetes,”says Marjorie Lanier, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator. “Riskfactors for pre-diabetes include being overweight, having a family history oftype 2 diabetes, or being over the age of 45, just to name a few. The good newsis that adults with pre-diabetes have a great opportunity to reverse theircondition through small lifestyle changes which are addressed through theYMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.”
The YMCA is offering the Diabetes Prevention Program at The Brunswick Center at Leland beginning Monday, May 14, 2018. Thanks to support from the Brunswick Wellness Coalition, the program is free to those who register before May 11. Lindsay Maher, Executive Director of the Brunswick Wellness Coalition, echoed Marjorie’s urgency, “making lifestyle changes does take commitment but if we do not make time to take care of our health now, we will have to make time to take care of our disease later and potentially the rest of our life. We hope that people take advantage of the wonderful resources the YMCA has to offer and enroll in the Diabetes Prevention Program.”