YMCA of Greater Syracuse News & Headlines

January 29, 2013

See if you're at risk for diabetes

More than a third of American adultsare pre-diabetic, meaning they are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a debilitating, life-shortening disease.

If you have pre-diabetes,the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Programcan help you make lifestyle changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. Research shows that it reduces participants' chances of developing diabetes by more than 50 percent.

TAKE THE QUIZ- KNOW YOUR SCORE

Answer these seven questions – for
each “Yes” answer, add the number of
points listed:
YES NO
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? 1 0
Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? 1 0
Find your height on the chart below. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height? 5 0
Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day? 5 0
Are you between 45 and 64 years of age? 5 0
Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 0
TOTAL POINTS

At-risk Weight Chart
Height Weight (lbs) Height Weight (lbs)
4' 10" 129 5' 8" 177
4' 11" 133 5' 9" 182
5' 0" 138 5' 10" 188
5' 1" 143 5' 11" 193
5' 2" 147 6' 0" 199
5' 3" 152 6' 1" 204
5' 4" 157 6' 2" 210
5' 5" 162 6' 3" 216
5' 6" 167 6' 4" 221
5' 7" 172

If you scored a 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program.* For more information, contact Intake Coordinator Stephanie Michaels at 474-6851 x339 or intake@syracuseymca.org.
A score of 9 or higher does NOT mean you have diabetes. You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes.

* In order to qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and at high risk for developing type2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

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