A friend who works at the YMCA invited me to tour their new facility in downtown Indianapolis. It was an amazing experience. The Y has plenty of parking, a ‘green’ facility and personnel with Disney-like service attitudes.
But during the tour he said something that caused me to tilt my head in disbelief. The Indianapolis YMCA had worked with experts at the IU School of Medicine to develop strategies to counter the effects of the Type 2 diabetes epidemic growing in the United States.
The YMCA is a positive place to invest some of your time for your body, soul and spirit, and this particular effort to curb Type 2 diabetes has yielded staggering results. The endeavor included 16 one-hour face-to-face meetings to establish goals and strategies for each individual. These plans were focused around diet and exercise. The group that worked the plan with the researchers reported a 58% reduction in risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The research received a big boost in mid-March when it was announced that Medicare was planning to pay for ‘lifestyle interventions focusing on diet and physical-activity to prevent type-2 diabetes.’
If you have pre-diabetes and are close to a Y, stop by and ask them about their lifestyle efforts to reduce your risk. This may be the activity which leads to an unbelievable 2016!