November is Diabetes Awareness Month

As diabetes rates continues to rise, few Central Iowa residents know they are at risk

[November 2017] – During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA is encouraging residents in Central Iowa to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease. 

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

“As one of the leading community-based charities committed to improving the health of our community, the Y wants all people to understand their risk for prediabetes and steps to take to avoid developing type 2 diabetes,” said Heidi Draisey, Marshalltown Y Health & Wellness Coordinator.  “Developing type 2 diabetes not only puts a tremendous strain on our health care system, but impacts the lives of millions of people and their families each year.”

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at 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.

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA is helping to improve health through programs and services for all ages.  The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program helps participants reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

For more information call 641-752-8658 or click here to learn about Health & Wellness programs at the Y.