Man at risk for diabetes loses 25 pounds by joining YMCA

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- David Hinton watched what diabetes did to both of his parents -- making him determined not to go down the same path.

However, this past March, he learned he was more at risk than he thought.

“When my doctor told me that I was prediabetic that really put a shock wave in me,” Hinton said.

With a new found motivation not to become diabetic, he signed up for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

It’s a 12-month program that encourages healthy lifestyle changes covering different topics across 25 sessions in a small class setting.

“Results show that individuals who take action and take those steps can reverse the onset of type 2 diabetes,” Kate Kaczmarek, director of healthy living for YMCA Northwest North Carolina, said.

Hinton joined the program in the latter part of May; his initial goal was to lose 18 pounds.

Hinton says he was already exercising, but he needed help with establishing better eating habits.

Since joining the program, he has lost 25 pounds -- going from 238 to 213.

“My doctor was amazed,” Hinton said.

Although what he eats has changed, Hinton doesn’t call it a diet, but a lifestyle choice.

To participate in the course, you must be at least 18, overweight and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or diagnosed with prediabetes.

You can fill out this questionnaire to see if you are at risk.

Registration is open for select Northwest North Carolina branches.

Classes are available to both YMCA members and non-members.

Call (336) 712-2000 for more information.

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