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Get A Jump On Diabetes At Cowart YMCA

The program is free to Brookhaven and Chamblee residents.

 

To help older adults in the area reduce their risk and raise awareness of the disease, the is launching a new program in collaboration with the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project.

The "Get A Jump On Diabetes" campaign offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to older adults in metro Atlanta at no cost.

The 16-session program helps participants learn simple lifestyle changes to reduce their risk for prediabetes.

The disease develops when a person’s blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal and often leads to type 2 diabetes.

In a classroom setting, trained coaches teach participants how to manage their blood glucose levels. Popular discussion topics include healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity on a busy schedule.

Research has proven that by participating in the program, older adults can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 71 percent.

To qualify, you must be 65 or older, overweight and prediabetic. A healthcare provider can determine eligibility by taking a quick blood test and body mass index measurement.

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