Redwood Area Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Center is joining in the fight to stop diabetes in November as a part of American Diabetes Month®.
Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Redwood Area Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Center would like to invite you to join in the fight to stop diabetes by having your blood sugar tested at a free screening event at Redwood Falls pharmacies. Blood sugar screenings will take place on Monday, Nov.12th, at GuidePoint Pharmacy; on Thursday, Nov. 15th, at Sward Kemp-Snyder Drug; and on Friday, Nov. 16th, at Wal-Mart. All screenings will be held from 9 a.m. – noon. The free screening includes a simple finger stick with no fasting required.
Risk factors for diabetes include a family history of diabetes, women who have had gestational diabetes, obesity and inactivity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and belonging to minority groups such as Hispanics and Native Americans. The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone over age 45 be screened.
“Diabetes is a serious disease,” said Dorie Oja, certified diabetes educator at Redwood Area Hospital. “If it isn’t managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”
Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications.
If you have questions about diabetes or would like more information about upcoming blood sugar screenings, please call Cindy Moldan at 507-637-4517 or Dorie Oja at 507-637-4518.
American Diabetes Month is a registered trademark of the American Diabetes Association.