MIDLAND -- Diabetes can be a life changing event but it doesn’t have to ruin your life.
The Midland YMCA offers a diabetes prevention program which helps target early signs of the disease and coaches people back to health.
The program has been so successful that now even doctors are sending patients to the Midland Y.
Can just two-and-a-half hours of physical activity each week slow down or even prevent diabetes?
“This is so important. I can't stress it enough. 86 million Americans are pre-diabetic and nine out of 10 don't know that they are,” Lifestyle coach Sara Trevino said. She is changing lives through YMCA’s diabetes prevention program.
Members meet weekly and exercise two-and-a-half hours. Trevino says even just that minimal workout can prevent diabetes.
“People who have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or think they might be can come into the Y and take a quick assessment,” Trevino said.
Program member Kaye Luman started in April and has since then lost 24 pounds. But what kick started her lifestyle change was when she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
“I didn't believe it. But I still wanted to lose weight,” Luman said, laughing.
Members enter a yearlong journey where they monitor their fat intake, get physically active, and practice positive thinking and stress relief.
The program is centered around team building and motivation.
But all the exercise isn’t always about looking good.
“I have a daughter that has seizures and I have a mom that has arthritis and they both need me and I need to be there for them and if I'm not healthy I can't do that,” program member Deborah Potter said.
The program is growing fast.
Trevino says just in one month, over 100 people have signed up.
But don’t worry—there is still plenty of room on that list.
The class is $35 dollars a month, and the YMCA even offers a scholarship for the program.