Diabetes: Awareness is the First-Step

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July 9, 2012

There are over 25 million people with diabetes in the United States, 7 million of whom are undiagnosed. Knowing how to monitor your body and taking part in regular screenings can help you make informed decisions about your health.
Community Health Education at Evangelical Community Hospital is dedicated to creating awareness of the leading causes of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes with their regularly held blood sugar screenings and pre-diabetes class.

If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetes, including excessive thirst, urination, fatigue, unexplained weight loss or gain or blurred vision, you should schedule an appointment with a physician. Another step is to take part in offered screenings. Community Health Education holds a FREE blood sugar screening monthly at the Susquehanna Valley Mall. They also hold additional screenings throughout the month at a variety of convenient locations. Blood sugar screenings for the months of July and August include:

  • ·Tuesday, July 10, 8-10 am, at Susquehanna Valley Mall, (blood pressures will also be available, provided by Agency on Aging, Inc.)
  • ·Wednesday, July 25, 4-6 pm, at Weis Markets, West Branch Highway, Lewisburg
  • ·Thursday, July 26, 4-6 pm, at Weis Markets, North 4th Street, Sunbury
  • ·Tuesday, August 14, 8-10 am, at the Susquehanna Valley Mall Community Zone, (blood pressures will also be available, provided by Agency on Aging, Inc.)

For those at risk of having the disease in the future or who are recently diagnosed with mild-diabetes, a pre-diabetes education class will be held Wednesday, August 15, from 1-3 pm at the Community Health Education Center on Route 15. During this free class, pre-diabetes is defined with information on how to slow or reverse the progress of the disease. Other discussions include insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diet, exercise, and general health guidelines for those diagnosed with diabetes. Pre-registration is required by calling 522-4411.

Diabetes can lead to heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, nervous system disease, lower-limb amputations, and blindness in adults ages 20 to 74. Those at risk for diabetes include anyone who's overweight or has a family history of diabetes, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides.

The best ways to reduce your chances of developing diabetes are exercising, increasing your fiber count, limiting simple carbohydrates, and reducing fat intake. It’s also important to be fully aware of your body and work with your doctor to make sure your total cholesterol is below 200 milligrams.

For more information on classes and screenings for diabetes and other health concerns, contact Community Health Education at (570) 768-3200 or visit www.evanhospital.com

Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.

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