It's a medical condition nearly a third of all U.S. adults have and many don't even know it. It's called pre-diabetes and it often has no symptoms. Tamara Lindstrom tells us how the Tompkins County YMCA is taking on the issue and helping people stay healthy.
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Inside the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County, healthy living takes a well-rounded approach.
"What's neat about the Y is it's very diverse," said CEO Frank Towner. "So we tell people you don't need to come to the Y just to swim or just to be on a treadmill. You can be doing something that offers flexibility for you and your family. So you might swim, your spouse might be on a treadmill, your kids might play basketball. And we encourage people to do that, too."
And now, a new program at the Y will take on a health issue affecting an estimated 57 million Americans. It's called pre-diabetes. While it often has no symptoms, more than 80 percent of people with the diagnosis will develop diabetes.
"Exercise, support and nutrition. It's very important," Towner said. "A person can bring themselves out of pre-diabetes into a healthy situation."
Participants in the 16 week Diabetes Prevention Program will meet for an hour once a week. Fees are $190 for members and $240 for non-members. But Towner says difficulty paying the cost shouldn't keep people away.
"As part of the national YMCA mission, it's our job to provide that financial aid to people. So they should never think twice about coming to the YMCA for their health."
The YMCA has already seen success stories with people beating pre-diabetes and administrators hope this new program will bring even more people back to good health.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a joint effort between the Tompkins County YMCA and the Human Services Coalition. For more information, call (607) 257-0101.