Winneshiek Medical Center Offers Free Diabetes Screening
Winneshiek Medical Center is offering a free blood glucose (blood sugar) check on Tuesday, March 22 at its eighth annual Diabetes Alert Day screening. Open to all members of the community, the screening aims to promote diabetes awareness and prevention. The screening will be open from 7:00 to 9:30 am in Winneshiek Medical Center’s Main Entrance lobby. For an accurate glucose reading, fasting is preferred.
Along with a free blood glucose reading, the Winneshiek Medical Center diabetes education team will offer blood pressure checks, Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements, take height, weight and waist circumference measurements, guide participants through the diabetes education experience and offer support to those with further questions or needs. Jean Irvin, RN, BSN, and certified diabetes educator says, “Diabetes can be prevented or managed when patients begin to include healthy food choices and regular physical activity in their daily lives. The diabetes education program at Winneshiek Medical Center helps patients make positive decisions for their health and supports them as they face the challenges of diabetes.” In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, along with 5-10% reduction in body weight and eating a healthy diet, can decrease the development of diabetes by 58%.
What’s my risk for Diabetes?
The CDC estimates that approximately 21 million adults are currently diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately, the CDC reports an additional 8.1 million adults live with the disease without realizing it, and another 86 million (more than one out of three) Americans have pre-diabetes, which places them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
People with a high risk for type 2 diabetes are those who are overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and have a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are also at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
Winneshiek Medical Center urges community members to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn more about diabetes and the steps to prevent it. For more information about the screening, please call Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-382-2911.