CDC partners with organizations for diabetes prevention programs
Eighty-six million Americans have pre-diabetes. That is one out of every three adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with organizations nationwide to tackle this issue with diabetes prevention programs.
Michelle Marsh takes us to a YMCA in Washington, D.C. to reveal the two specific ways you can cut your risk of developing diabetes.
At the YMCA, Michael Fields is exercising more since receiving a daunting diagnosis.
"My doctor advised me I needed to start changing my lifestyle like I was pre-diabetic," Fields said.
So Fields signed up for the YMCA's diabetes prevention program.
The program is for pre-diabetics, who are one step shy of developing type-two diabetes.
The program is a 25-class support group that talks 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.
Since starting the program, Nancy Shia said 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," Shia said.
And she's getting results.
"The biggest result I've found is in my blood pressure," Shia said. "But after losing five pounds, it started to becomes normal and it's pretty normal now."
Research done by the National Institutes of Health found this program can reduce new cases of type-two diabetes by 58 percent, and by 71 percent 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,"said Dr. Marilyn McPherson Corder, pediatrician and geneticist .
Ninety percent of people with pre-diabetes don't know they have it. So when you visitor the doctor, be your own advocate.
"The patient should always ask, 'what are my numbers' because pre-diabetes is asymptomatic, meaning you have no symptoms," said healthcare consumer advocate Michelle Katz.
Fields is now motivated to take control of his health, and encourages others to do the same.
'If you have time to reverse diabetes or pre-diabetes, why not take it full forward and do it," Fields said.