Iredell News

Section: Iredell News

03/15/2016

Iredell Health System to Hold Diabetes Alert Day Event for Community

Iredell Health System invites the community to learn more about their risk for diabetes on March 22 as it celebrates American Diabetes Association Alert Day.

Community members are encouraged to stop by the main lobby of Iredell Memorial Hospital or the Statesville or Barium Springs YMCAs to take a quick, anonymous one minute test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Blood pressuring screenings, information about action steps to reduce risk for diabetes, as well as resources to assist individuals in managing diabetes, will also be available. The event is free of charge to the public.

Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes. More than a quarter of them — 8 million — don’t even know they have it and aren’t getting the medical care they need. It’s estimated that another 86 million people have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

“American Diabetes Association Alert Day draws attention to the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes in the United States. It’s important to understand that type 2 diabetes can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior,” said Misty Kerr, Wellness and Diabetes Coordinator for Iredell Health Center. “Empower yourself. Take the Diabetes Risk Test at our event March 22 and get the information you need to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and maintain your good health. I also hope you will encourage your colleagues, family members and friends to take the risk test. Together, we can help stop diabetes.”

Alert Day activities will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Iredell Memorial Hospital – Main Lobby
    9:00 - 11:00 am
    557 Brookdale Drive, Statesville
  • Statesville YMCA – Main Lobby
    8:30 - 11:30 am
    828 Wesley Drive, Statesville
  • Barium Springs YMCA – Main Lobby
    8:30 - 11:30 am
    122 Granis Lane, Statesville

In an ongoing effort to educate the community about diabetes, a free Diabetes and Wellness Support Group will also be held during the week, on Thursday, March 24, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Iredell Wellness Center in Troutman.

Meeting participants will have the opportunity to get their blood pressure checked; talk with a pharmacist about medication concerns; learn valuable nutritional tips to improve health and wellness; receive support and encouragement to live a healthy lifestyle with diabetes or pre-diabetes; and learn to support loved ones.

The Iredell Wellness Center is located at 285-D Main Street, Troutman.

For more information, please contact the Iredell Wellness Center at 704.878.4556.

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