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.

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