Rapides Regional hosts Diabetes Screening Day March 25 - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Rapides Regional hosts Diabetes Screening Day March 25

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – There are approximately seven million Americans who have diabetes and don'tknow it. The American Diabetic Association estimates another 79 million arepre-diabetic.

Are you one?

The Community Education departmentat Rapides Regional Medical Center is holding Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday,March 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Alexandria Mall near the Food Court.

Participants will be asked tocomplete a short questionnaire, then have their blood pressure and bloodglucose measured, as well as height and weight assessments to calculate theirBMI.  Educational and nutritional information will also be available.

The screenings are free and noreservation is needed.

"We've held this screening forseveral years now, but this year we wanted to make sure the public would havegreater access to the event, so we moved it to the Alexandria Mall," saidTheresa Hood, RN, director of community education.

"Our goal is to help men andwomen – young and old – who may not realize they have a problem with theirblood glucose levels. Diabetes is a disease that affects the entire body,especially when you don't know you have it."

This screening is being held inconjunction with the American Diabetes Association's annual Alert Day, aone-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the DiabetesRisk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. (Lookfor a link to the test at rapidesregional.com)

Diabetes remains the leading causeof kidney failure and blindness in people between the ages of 20-74 yearsold. 

Other major diabetic complications include heart disease, stroke,amputations, and diabetic ulcers and wounds. 

Some of the major risk factors fordiabetes include being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, having aparent or sibling with diabetes, and having a history of gestationaldiabetes. 

If you have any of these risk factors, your health may be atrisk from undiagnosed Diabetes. 

For more information on DiabeticScreening Day at Rapides Regional, call (318) 769-3445.

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