SAN ANTONIO – It’s a disease that is often called an epidemic in San Antonio.
Diabetes continues to be a major problem, not only in the Alamo City but across the country as well.
November is the start of Diabetes Awareness Month, and KSAT 12 will take a deeper look at this disease throughout the month. We will have tips on how diabetics can improve their health, take a look at programs provided by the city and county, talk with those who are diabetic and take a look at the increase in childhood diabetes.
In San Antonio, one out of seven adults has been diagnosed with the disease, according to Metro Health. The diabetic population here is also double the national average, according to the American Diabetes Association.
“The problem is significant in San Antonio, and we know there’s a lot we can do to help alleviate the disease and help people manage it better,” said Kathy Shields, Metro Health chronic disease prevention manager.
The high numbers are the reason why Metro Health and the YMCA teamed up to provide free programs to those who have the disease or are in danger of getting it.
“It was really in response to the tremendous need in San Antonio,” Shields said. “We knew we needed to offer a really good program to help them learn how to mange their disease better.”
There are three different types of programs, two of which are conducted by the YMCA:
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program:
In a group setting, participants learn about establishing healthier eating habits and increasing physical activity.
Y Living Program:
This 12-week series of holistic wellness classes for families takes an evidence-based approach to diabetes prevention.
Provided by Metro Health and for those who have already been diagnosed with the disease, this series is six weeks long and takes place in a classroom setting.
For more information on how to take part in these programs, visit diabeteshelpsa.com.