The Torrance-South Bay YMCA had a free health screening today.

They teamed up with Torrance Memorial Medical Center to offer people a hemoglobin A1c, also known as a blood sugar screening. It can help determine if you are pre-diabetic. Nearly 100 people stopped by today. Officials say that people with pre-diabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease. A person who may be pre-diabetic has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis.

The Torrance-South Bay YMCA has a yearlong program that helps members learn ways to eat healthy, increase physical activity and other lifestyle changes that can prevent diabetes. So far this year, the YMCA in Torrance has helped 50 people. The National Institutes of Health research has proven that program like these can reduce the number of cases of type two diabetes by almost 60 percent. This event is annual.

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