Diabetes – A Major Health Concern

By Tom Trott, Jr.
Endowment Committee Chair

More than 84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes.  Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.  33% of adults in Frederick County have prediabetes.

If you find out you or someone you know is at risk for developing diabetes, the Downtown Frederick YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help. This is a 12 month program that is broken into different phases.  There are more than 200 Ys across the country that helps thousands of people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  This small group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight.


Exercise: Gradually increase your exercise to 150 minutes per week. Increase Physical Activity- Moderate activity for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your health

Diet: Reducing your body weight as little as 5-7% can offer great benefits for people at risk for diabetes. Participants can do this through eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier foods.

Research has shown that our program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% and by 71% among adults aged 60 years or older.  If you or a friend is interested in this program or have any questions I urge you to contact Mary Hoagland at 301-663-5131.  Take care and choose to be healthy.

Should you or a loved one be interested in learning more about planned giving options at the YMCA of Frederick County, please contact Tom Clingman at (301)663-5131 or tclingman@frederickymca.org