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November 2, 2010

Diabetes month offers free events

RICHMOND — Approximately 10 percent of Madison County — or 6,500 people — battle diabetes every day, and November is a month set aside to spread news of prevention and awareness.

November is American Diabetes Month and the nationwide theme is “How will you Stop Diabetes? The future is in your hands.”

Putting an end to diabetes starts with prevention, which is one of the topics to be discussed Wednesday at “Diabetes Prevention and Control: Small Steps with Big Rewards.” The event is part of Pattie A. Clay’s Hot Women and Health series.

The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane.

The event will outline the symptoms, how it can be prevented, how it is treated and how to prevent complications that occur with diabetes.

The 7th Annual Diabetes Prevention and Awareness Day will be Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Christian Church on the corner of Main St. and Lancaster Avenue.

The event is presented by the Madison County Diabetes Coalition and Eastern Kentucky University Baccalaureate nursing students, screenings for glucose, cholesterol, kidney damage, diabetic foot checks, blood pressure screenings, balance screening, body mass index, carbon monoxide testing, derma scan (sun damage) and other educational booths.

“You don’t have to have an appointment, and you don’t have to have diabetes to get something out of it,” said Kim DeCoste, diabetes educator with the Diabetes Center of Excellence at the Madison County Health Department.

Call 623-3462 for more information. The event is free and participants do not have to have diabetes to take part in the event.

This year’s Diabetes Prevention and Awareness Day will have few new features including head and neck massages and balance screenings, DeCoste said.

World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14 and the Irvine-McDowell House on Lancaster Avenue and the Berea Municipal Building will be illuminated blue.

“Diabetes is the only chronic disease that has been recognized by the United Nations,” DeCoste said. “World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign for diabetes.”

Visit WorldDiabetes Day.org for more information about the day and its mission.

Both Richmond and Berea mayors, Connie Lawson and Steve Connelly, along with Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark, will sign a proclamation acknowledging the special day, DeCoste said.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body has trouble processing sugar. It was the nation’s seventh leading cause of death in 2007, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In the classic form of diabetes, traditionally diagnosed in children or young adults, the body does not produce enough of a hormone called insulin to help sugar get into cells. That’s Type 1 diabetes.

Another form of diabetes, Type 2, now accounts for about 95 percent of cases. In that kind, the body’s cells resist insulin’s attempts to transport sugar. Type 2 is most common in people who are overweight and obese, in people 60 and older, and in African-Americans and other minority groups.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 10 have diabetes now, but the number could grow to 1 in 5 or even 1 in 3 by mid-century if current trends continue.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.

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