STEERING CLEAR OF DIABETES
Before starting the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Sioux City resident Carol had always thought she was in control of her lifestyle. But the combination of a poor diet and a lack of exercise caught up with her as she gained about 10 pounds a year over the past 3-4 years. The weight was adding up and she was heading down a slippery slope towards type 2 diabetes and potentially, all of the disease’s undesired side effects. This was most noticeable as she now fell behind ‘the boys’ – a group of friends she often bike rides with.
“I was struggling as to how to get out of a destructive lifestyle pattern,” Carol recalls.
So Carol signed up for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and over the past six months, with the help of Y staff and other program participants, she has steered herself back in a healthier direction.
She continued, “This class made me stop and think about where I had been, where I was headed and where I wanted to be.”
Where she wants to be is on a lifetime path paved with good exercise and diet habits, rather than a bumpy trail filled with detours like heart disease, kidney failure or high blood pressure.
“Now I am more active and feel much better. I track my food intake on a daily basis… and regular exercise gives me more energy every day, I sleep better and it has improved my joint health. I have lost 20 pounds since starting the program and am pretty proud of that!”
That’s what the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is all about – helping people take their lives back and be happier by providing tools and support that can lead them down a healthier path.
And Carol’s not done yet, “I would like to lose another 20 pounds before our program ends. I have been on a low level cholesterol medication and hope to be off of it at my next doctor’s appointment.”
Finally, Carol hopes her new found habits help her keep up with ‘the boys’ while biking in Arizona in 2016.
“I won’t be able to ride as fast as they do but… I just want to be able to go the distance. Couldn’t do that with 35-40 pounds of extra weight!”