Prediabetes and diabetes prevention programs

Michael Fields is exercising more since receiving a daunting diagnosis.

Michael Fields/ Program Participant: "My doctor advised me I needed to start changing my lifestyle like I was prediabetic"

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.

Heather Wilson/ Assoc. Dir. Of Community Health, YMCA Metropolitan Washington: "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"

The CDC-approved curriculum has two main goals: increase exercise to 150 minutes per week and reduce body weight by five to seven-percent.

Heather Wilson/ Assoc. Dir. Of Community Health, YMCA Metropolitan Washington: "You're down 23.2 pounds!"

Since starting the program, Nancy Shia says she's more aware of what she eats.

Nancy Shia/ Program Participant: "Focusing on what you're eating is the most important thing, where you know how many calories you're taking in"

And she's getting results.

Nancy Shia/ Program Participant: “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."

Research done by NIH found this program can reduce new cases of type two diabetes by 58-percent- and by 71-percent in people over age 60.

Dr. Marilyn Mcpherson Corder/ Pediatrician & Geneticist: "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-percent of people with prediabetes don't know they have it. So when you visit the doctor, be your own advocate.

Michelle Katz/ Healthcare Consumer Advocate: "The patient should always ask what are my numbers because pre-diabetes is asymptomatic meaning you have no symptoms"

Michael is now motivated to take control of his health-- and encourages others to do the same.

Michael Fields/ Program Participant: "If you have time to reverse diabetes or prediabetes why not take it full forward and do it"

For Sinclair Cares, I’m Michelle Marsh.

Medical treatments for type two diabetes typically cost about $650 dollars a month. this YMCA's nationwide program costs $36 dollars a month. Some insurances cover it and the Y says Medicare is expected to start covering it in 2018 too.

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