Are you at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes?
Diabetes is one of the most significant public health threats we have ever faced. 29 million individuals have diabetes in this country and the U.S. spends an estimated $245 billion in related annual medical expenditures. According to one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, it costs roughly $3,700 a year to treat a person with prediabetes. In contrast, treating someone with advanced stages of diabetes tops $20,000 annually. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. The risk for stroke and heart attack is 2-4 times higher in individuals with diabetes. Are you at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes? The Greene County Health Department will be conducting free Fasting Blood Glucose testing for adults at the Worthington-Jefferson Public Library (26 North Commercial Street, Worthington) on Saturday, July 8, 7:30-9:30AM. Testing will be done on a first come first served basis. You must fast, consuming only water, for a minimum of 8 hours prior to the test. This special community service is being provided to support the YMCA’s efforts to curb the increase in cases of Type 2 Diabetes through the CDC approved YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.
For more information about this screening or about diabetes prevention, please contact YMCA Program Director Laura Gentry at 812-828-9622.