YMCA of Delaware Expands Diabetes Prevention Program to Combat Rise in Prediabetes

Now offering Spanish and online learning options

 Delaware – Following nearly two years of reduced physical activity due to COVID-19, statistics show prediabetes rates are on the rise. Currently, 88 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes but less than 16 percent know they have it. In Delaware, over one-quarter of adults have or are at high risk for diabetes, and more than 127,000 Delawareans have prediabetes. With new cases of diabetes and prediabetes increasing in Delaware, the YMCA has expanded the availability of their Diabetes Prevention Program to include programs in Spanish as well as distance and hybrid learning options.

“There are so many Delawareans at risk for developing diabetes, and we know that healthy lifestyle changes can cut this risk significantly. This is why it is so important for us to continue delivering chronic disease prevention programs here in Delaware. Expanding these services to our Spanish speaking neighbors and to those who are not able to physically visit the Y will allow us to reach and positively impact the lives of more people than ever,” says Kat Luebke, Community Health Integration Program Director.

Each year, 2.5% of people with prediabetes will convert to diabetes. In addition to the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Type 2 diabetes is preventable, and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program aims to help Delawareans reverse their prediabetes.

For more information about how to qualify for access to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, contact the YMCA’s Healthy Living Department at (302) 572-9622 or [email protected]. Information can also be found online at www.ymcade.org/preventdiabetes.


Diabetes Facts

  • Diabetes is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in Delaware. (CDC)
  • According to the CDC, the Hispanic population has the 3rd highest prevalence of diabetes, with African American 2nd, and American Indian/Alaska Native 1st.
  • In 2019, among adults who do not have diagnosed diabetes, 8 percent—or more than 75,100 Delawareans—reported being told they have pre-diabetes. (DHSS)
  • Total number of Americans with prediabetes increased from 88 million to 96 million in the past 3 years. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics-report/index.html
  • Like other states, diabetes prevalence is increasing in Delaware. From 2003-2019, Delaware’s diabetes prevalence rose from 8% to 13%. In 2019, 13% of all Delaware adults reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes, including 14,672 Medicaid clients and 12,369 Group Health Insurance Plan (GHIP) members. This estimate does not include undiagnosed Delawareans living with diabetes, a population that may include nearly 25,000 adults.
  • In 2017, an additional 13% of Delaware adults reported that they had been diagnosed with prediabetes, a condition that means a person is at risk of progressing to diabetes.
  • In 2019, 34% of Delaware adults were obese and an additional 35% were overweight, placing them at greater risk for diabetes. Conservatively, over one-quarter of all Delaware adults have or are at elevated risk for diabetes. https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/files/diabetesburdenreport2021.pdf


About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth, fostering healthy living, and promoting strong communities. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed longstanding relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background –nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving Delaware’s health and wellbeing, and creating a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential. www.ymcade.org


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