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Lions Clubs and TriStar Horizon Medical Center partner to prevent diabetes

DICKSON, TN, November 7, 2012 – November is American Diabetes Month so now is the time to shine a spotlight on a serious disease that leads to potentially life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation.

• Overweight

• Physical Inactivity

• Over age 45

• Family history of diabetes

• History of gestational diabetes

• Impaired glucose tolerance

• Race/ethnicity – African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes.

WHAT: Diabetes Awareness Day Diabetes Screening

WHEN: Nov. 27th
7am to 12pm

Appointment needed. Call TriStar Medline at 615-342-1919

WHERE: TriStar Horizon Diabetes & Nutrition Center Lower Level of the East Pavilion

The American Diabetes Association reports that 27 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes and 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes and 1 out of every 3 children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue.

“Because the disease’s symptoms often develop gradually, many people go an average of eight years before being diagnosed,” said Angie Cochran, Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutrition and Dietetics Director at TriStar Horizon Medical Center. “If the disease isn’t caught early, it can cause significant damage to the eyes, kidneys or other organs.”

Bob McMillan, a member of the Dickson Lions Club and District 12-I Diabetes Awareness and Action Committee Chairman, has received information from Lions Clubs International that, "People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetes retinopathy.  Approximately two percent of all people who have had diabetes for 15 years become blind, while about 10 percent develop a severe visual impairment."  District 12-I theme this year is "Lions, Knights of the Blind, Conquering Diabetes and Blindness one Step at a Time."

The Dickson and Charlotte Lions Clubs and TriStar Horizon will present Diabetes Awareness Day to be held on Tuesday, November 27th from 7:00am until 12:00pm. Other sponsors of the event are Guardian Home Care and Roche Pharmaceuticals.  This event will be held at The Diabetes and Nutrition Center at TriStar Horizon Medical Center.  The day will have two purposes:  The first is to screen those who may be at risk for diabetes and identify elevated blood glucose so that diagnosis and treatment may be sought.  The second goal is to provide diabetes related information for those who have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes – once called noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes – results when the body fails to use insulin properly or when it doesn’t produce enough insulin. The condition can present itself through a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to, fatigue, recurrent infections, frequent urination, bad breath, swollen gums, blurred vision and frequent thirst.

“Early detection is so important with diseases like diabetes,” Cochran said. “Testing is the easiest and most accurate way to determine if you have type 2 diabetes.” The American Diabetes Association agrees.  The organization now recommends that people over age 40 have a yearly blood glucose test. 

“People who are overweight or who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also candidates for developing type 2 diabetes,” Cochran said.  Because type 2 diabetes is more common in certain ethnic groups, the American Diabetes Association encourages people of African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander descent to be tested. Studies show that type 2 diabetes may also be hereditary.

Whether you have a form of diabetes or are worried about someone who does, attend the upcoming diabetes screening at TriStar Horizon Medical Center. Here you’ll find information about preventive measures, diet and exercise, medication and treatments, and research. The screening will be held Tuesday November 27th from 7:00 am to noon in the Diabetes and Nutrition Center in the lower level of the East Pavilion at TriStar Horizon Medical Center.

Activities planned during the Diabetes Awareness Event, which are free to you if you are one of the first 60 participants to register, include:

  • Reviewing the risk screening with a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Fasting Blood Glucose – Requires appointment through Medline
  • Sight screening provided by Dickson Eye Health
  • HgbA1c lab test if your risk test shows that you are at high risk for diabetes - Requires appointment through Medline
  • Education booths with diabetes information and educational materials
  • Vendor booths with information about products specific to people with diabetes
  • Drawings for door prizes

Lions Club Presidents and Angie Cochran prepare for Diabetes Awareness Day
L to R: Patrick Scott, Angie Cochran, Lion Mascot Bob McMillan, and Larry Petty

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