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Raising Awareness During National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Keene Family YMCA is encouraging residents of the Monadnock Region to understand their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and the steps they can take to prevent the disease.

Following a year of reduced activity due to COVID-19, statistics show prediabetes rates are on the rise. Currently, 88 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes but less than 16 percent know they have the condition. In addition to the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

A new study from the University of Michigan revealed that over one third of Americans put off healthcare during the pandemic. This makes it more important than ever for community members to be aware of the health risks of prediabetes. The Y is here to help.

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage all community members to take control of their health and learn their risk for type 2 diabetes by visiting and then take steps to prevent developing the disease.

Diabetes Prevention Tips

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.

By making a few simple changes, you can prevent type 2 diabetes. 

To learn more about the Y’s Healthy Living programs, and how they can help you on your wellness journey, contact Senior Program Director, Kelly Fleuette at

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