National Effort to Raise Awareness of Prediabetes

Hickory, NC August 18, 2017 – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risks to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes are not aware they have the condition. In North Carolina, an estimated 2.5 million (1 in 3) people have prediabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), and CDC, along with the Ad Council, are releasing new PSAs to build on a successful campaign that helped hundreds of thousands of Americans learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The new, lighthearted PSAs offer viewers a “perfect way to spend a minute” where they can take the one-minute prediabetes risk test while also doing something everyone loves — watching adorable animal videos. The YMCA of Catawba Valley is proud to lend its support to the campaign, which raises the urgency of prediabetes and emphasizes the positive message that prediabetes can often be reversed through everyday lifestyle changes. The campaign encourages people to take a short online test at to learn their risk and speak with their doctor to confirm their diagnosis. The website features lifestyle tips and connects visitors to the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

“The key to preventing diabetes is moderate lifestyle changes through healthy eating habits and moderate physical activity. Awareness of calorie and fat intake versus activity is empowering. Every small change that we make can add up to make a big difference in preventing this disease. I emphasize to our participants that it’s not a diet – it’s a lifestyle” said Lala Kozischek, Diabetes Prevention Director, YMCA of Catawba Valley.

Prediabetes can often be reversed through weight loss, diet changes, and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is critical, as research shows that people are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes once they are aware of their condition. A rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes presents a significant threat to North Carolina potentially including consequences such as increasing healthcare costs, crowding doctors’ offices, and serious complications from the disease itself which can include heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and loss of limbs. In an effort to reverse this trend, the YMCA of Catawba Valley is supporting the national effort and working to make an impact in the community through its Diabetes Prevention Program.

Additional information on the campaign is available online at and information about the YMCA of Catawba Valley and it’s Diabetes Prevention Program is available at .

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