November Is Diabetes Month

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are encouraging residents of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes.Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:

Eat fruits and vegetables every day. Choose fish, lean meats and poultry

without skin.

Aim for whole grains with every

meal.

Be moderately active, getting at

least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.

Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.

Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.

Enrollment for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is open! To learn more about this program and additional chronic disease prevention and management programming, please contact Shadia Lahlou, Sr. Director of Chronic Disease Prevention, at 570-970-5052 or shadia.lahlou@wbymca.orgor visit www.greaterscrantonymca.orgor www.wbymca.organd click the “Programs” tab.