March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be taking part in Diabetes Alert Day with special risk tests and health information.
From 4-7 p.m. March 24, the health department will have a table at Whole Foods, 161 Lexington Green Circle, with diabetes risk tests that let a person know if they have ricks for developing diabetes.Healthy snacks will also be provided. The health department will also have risk tests available at the Lexington Public Library Northside Library Branch, 1733 Russell Cave Road.
“Diabetes Alert Day is just one day we can set aside to raise awareness and promote action in our own community,” said Carol Hisle, diabetes nurse educator. “Studies have shown Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 5-10 percent of your body weight. This can be done by eating healthy and exercising at least five days a week. When we understand our risk, we can then take steps to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.”
The health department will also offer a series of four two-hour classes for those who already have diabetes. Classes will be held 6-8 p.m. every Thursday starting May 7 at the library’s Tates Creek Branch, 3628 Walden Drive. A mini-version of the classes will be held 1-3 p.m. April 1 and April 8 at the health department, 650 Newtown Pike. For more information or to register for the classes, please call (859) 288-2446.
There are 29 million Americans with diabetes and 79 million with pre-diabetes or insulin resistance. Both diabetes and pre-diabetes increase your risk for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of the complications of diabetes, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation or death.