November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the Riverbrook Regional YMCA is encouraging residents to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.
Prediabetes is a condition in which one’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Taking proper steps may prevent the onset of diabetes.
Individuals can assess their risk by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. They can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease.
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA offers a diabetes prevention program in which a trained lifestyle coach introduces topics in a small group setting and encourages participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.
An information session on the program is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Wilton Y branch, 404 Danbury Road.
Information: call Mary Ann Genuario at 203-762-8384, ext. 282 or email magenuario@ riverbrookymca.org.