YMCA gets help in fight against diabetes

06/03/2014 11:42 AM

06/03/2014 12:20 PM

It’s good news that the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is establishing a partnership with Sun Life Financial to help in the battle against diabetes.

Sun Life Financial has pledged $250,000 to YMCAs in the United States toward diabetes prevention, The Kansas City Star reports. The YMCA campaign helps people with high blood sugar levels reduce their risk for diabetes by eating better, increasing physical activity and adopting better overall living habits.

The American Diabetes Association reports that 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S., or 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. About 18.8 million people have been diagnosed; 7 million are undiagnosed.

The association reports that 12.6 percent of the people with diabetes are black, 8.4 percent are Asian American, 11.8 percent are Latinos and 7.1 percent are white. About 13 million are men and 12.6 million are women.

Diabetes can be a complicating factor in cases of high blood pressure, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nervous system damage and amputations. The association notes that diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 had a total cost of $245 billion.

The YMCA’s year-long program includes 16, one-hour weekly classroom sessions followed by eight monthly sessions. Sun Life Financial is a Canadian firm. Its services and products include life insurance and investment management. Its support for the YMCA campaign is through its U.S. division.

Any help in curbing diabetes is greatly needed.

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