Health Across America: Pharmacists Partnering in Diabetes Care is a national diabetes awareness and screening tour holding free diabetes screenings all across the country.
Starting in May 2009, the Health Across America: Pharmacists Partnering in Diabetes Caremobile tour began holding free diabetes screening clinics in at least 20 cities across America. These free screenings will continue to take place at various locations through August 2009. At each stop, participants will be able to get free diabetes screenings, including glucose and Hemoglobin A1c tests.
In addition, to screening and educational information about diabetes risks, participants will be given free product samples and education materials related to diabetes care from tour sponsors, including Bayer Diabetes Care and Novo Nordisk.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body no longer produces insulin or uses the insulin it produces ineffectively. According to World Health Organization, over 175 million people throughout the world have diabetes. Of these, 90% have type 2 diabetes, and 10% have type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes is often called juvenile diabetes or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitis. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type and though the complete cause is unknown certain risk factors increase the chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes is also more likely to respond to treatment/health and lifestyle changes without the need for insulin injections. There is a common misconception that if an individual with Type 2 diabetes does need insulin injections that they will need to stay on insulin for the rest of their lives. This is not true. Many individuals are able to control their Type 2 Diabetes through a combination of diet and exercise along with medical treatment under a doctor’s supervision.
While most people know diabetes is characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels, there are many common misconceptions and fears that hold people back from being tested, and when economic difficulties also exist it is even easier to forgo ‘routine’ screenings.
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed until it is causing severe health problems but there are some symptoms which may indicate diabetes. These symptoms may also be cause by other health factors so it is important to consult a doctor if you experience and of these ongoing signs.
Symptoms of possible diabetes and its complications may include:
Extreme thirst and/or hunger
Sores that are slow to heal, and
Early diabetic screening gives an individual opportunity to make changes that can reduce their risk factors and make managing diabetes less complicated than it can be if left unchecked. Don’t let the fear of the unknown prevent you from being proactive in taking charge of your health as your future as well as that of your family is at stake.
Type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed by following a program to eliminate or reduce risk factors – particularly losing weight and increasing exercise. The first step is getting screened and then discussing all options with your doctor.
Risk factors of type 2 diabetes include:
Age (being over 45 years old)
Being overweight or obese
Having a family history of diabetes
Ethnic background or race (Native/Indigenous, African,
Hispanic or Asian descent)
Having given birth to a large baby – over 9 lbs (due to Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy)
Impaired glucose intolerance
Poor control of diabetes can lead to an increased risk of:
High blood pressure
Kidney and bladder failure
Foot and leg infections
Free diabetic screening is available. The Health Across America Tour is one option. You can also call your local Health Departments or speak with your local pharmacist for screening in your area.
To find out if a Health Across America Tour is scheduled for your area visit their website at HealthAcrossAmerica.net
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