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In Lucas County, 12% of adults had diabetes in 2017, down from 15% three years before, the 2016/2017 Lucas County Community Health Assessment shows.

Two Healthy Lucas County member organizations – the YMCA of Greater Toledo and Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio – are working to continue reducing that downward trend.

The YMCA offers the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in five branches across the Toledo area. DPP is open to anyone at risk for developing type 2 diabetes (e.g., elevated A1c, elevated fasting blood glucose, history of gestational diabetes, family history, etc.) and those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or insulin resistance. The year-long program covers a variety of topics related to the prevention of diabetes, including nutrition, physical activity, and stress management, said Beth Deakins, Director of Healthy Living at the YMCA.

So far, DPP participants have had an average weight loss of 7% and have averaged 162 minutes of physical activity a week, Beth said. DPP is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes a YMCA membership for participants; it is covered by some insurance plans or provided on a sliding-fee scale based on income, she said.

“Making lifestyles changes is hard, but participants who stick with the Diabetes Prevention Program have done really well,” Beth said.

At the Area Office on Aging, a six-week Diabetes Empowerment Education Class (DEEP) periodically is offered to help residents manage diabetes and prediabetes. The free class helps those with diabetes improve and maintain their quality of life, as well as improve eating habits, increase physical activity, develop self-care skills and improve relationships with healthcare providers.

To schedule a DEEP workshop, please call the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624. One-on-one diabetes counseling also available for those ages 60 and older.

For more information about diabetes in Lucas County, please see the infographic below. Click on the infographic for a printable PDF.

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