The Richmond Register

Local News

November 5, 2012

Madison County marks diabetes month

RICHMOND — November is American Diabetes Month, and organizations in Madison County are marking it by stressing awareness, prevention and management.

According to Kim DeCoste, R.N. and certified diabetes educator with the Madison County Health Department’s Diabetes Center of Excellence, recent statistics indicate that about 8.3 percent of the U.S. population is affected by the disease, which is marked by high levels of blood sugar because of the body’s inability to produce or properly use insulin.

The incidence of diabetes in Kentucky is higher than the national average, about 11.4 percent of the population, a statistic experts blame on a sedentary lifestyle and a higher than average obesity rate, DeCoste said. In Madison County, the rate is about 10 percent.

The disease can cause a number of serious health complications, such as heart and eye disease, stroke, kidney disease and nerve damage if not detected and controlled. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

To help with early detection, the Madison County Health Department and the Eastern Kentucky University nursing program will sponsor Diabetes Day, a screening program scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond.

The event, free of charge and open to everyone, will feature free screenings, including glucose, cholesterol and kidney function, which can indicate possible problems. Although the screenings are not intended to diagnose diabetes, if they indicate a possible problem, participants will be referred to their physicians for further evaluation, Decoste said.

The event also will offer a number of other screenings, including diabetic foot checks, blood pressure, balance, body mass index, carbon-monoxide levels and derma scans to assess sun damage to skin, along with several educational booths.

“Everyone is welcome, and you don’t have to be diabetic to attend,” DeCoste said, adding that those interested in the screening event may call her at 623-3462 for more details.

She said some symptoms that may indicate diabetes include excessive urination, blurred vision, feeling tired and excessive thirst and hunger. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all, she said, which is a good reason to be screened.

DeCoste noted that incidence of diabetes tends to increase with age, and noted that Medicare now offers a no-cost annual diabetes screening.

In addition, the Diabetes Center for Excellence in Richmond currently offers free diabetes education classes every month and diabetes prevention classes every other month. Call 623-3462 for more details.

To help raise awareness of diabetes, the EKU Center for the Arts will be illuminated in blue lights on Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day, and there will be displays highlighting diabetes awareness at the Madison County Courthouse, Berea City Hall and the EKU arts center.

DeCoste said physical activity and even moderate weight loss can be important factors in preventing and controlling diabetes.

“Studies have shown that even a small reduction in weight can help prevent or control diabetes, as can just 150 minutes of exercise each week,” she said.

Text Only
Local News
  • 4-20 Shoulders-B.jpg Eggs fly at park

    Easter has probably never been so “eggstravagant” in Richmond as it was Saturday during the annual Eggstravaganza in Irvine-McDowell Park.
    For the first time, thousands of eggs were dropped, appropriately by an “eggbeater”-type helicopter, in addition to thousands of eggs already scattered on the grass below. Together, they numbered about 10,000, according to Erin Moore, Richmond Parks and Recreation director.

    April 20, 2014 12 Photos

  • City awaits funds for Water Street project

    Richmond city officials are still awaiting word on grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Water Street drainage project.
    However, Mayor Jim Barnes said he is confident the money should come through by May 1.

    April 20, 2014

  • Kitcarson1.jpg Elementary schools built in ‘60s getting upgrades

    Renovation of three Madison County elementary schools built in Richmond during the 1960s will start this summer.
    The county school board voted Thursday to continue with the second phase of state paperwork required for the projects.
    With a target completion date of August 2015, renovations and alterations at Daniel Boone, Kit Carson and White Hall elementary schools are estimated to cost almost $12 million.

    April 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • KY 52 link to I-75 to be discussed May 13

    While a proposed link from Nicholasville to Exit 95 on Interstate 75 north of Richmond has garnered attention and organized opposition, the state also is developing plans to link I-75 to another community to the west.

    April 20, 2014

  • May 30 last school day for students

    After 16 snows days and two weather delays this winter, the Madison County School Board decided Thursday to end the school year on Friday, May 30.

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 TechExtra1.jpg Students showcase projects in Technology Extravaganza

    Madison County School students showed off just how tech savvy they can be during the district’s sixth annual Technology Extravaganza on Thursday at Madison Central High School. After the showcase, more than 350 students were honored for their work.

    April 19, 2014 7 Photos

  • 4-19 SchoolBoardJesseWard.jpg Ward honored for service; tech center named after him

    Retired Madison County educator Jesse Ward was recognized Thursday for his many years of service. To honor him, Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the board’s decision to rename the district’s technology training center on North Second Street in Richmond the Jesse P. Ward Technology and Training Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-19 Brian Smith.jpg Berea man indicted on 24 child porn counts

    A Madison grand jury has indicted a Berea man on 24 counts related to child pornography.

    Brian J. Smith, 26, is charged with four counts of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performances by a minor.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-19 Gregory Powell.jpg Police apprehend burglary suspect

    An observant witness was able to help Richmond police catch a burglary suspect shortly after a break-in Thursday afternoon on Savanna Drive off Berea Road.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 PackTrack1a.jpg Walkers, runners of every age ‘Pack the Track’

    Waco Elementary and Model Laboratory schools students raised more than $8,000 (and counting) for the annual Pack the Track event at Eastern Kentucky University’s Tom Samuels Track Thursday, said Kim DeCoste of the Madison County Diabetes Coalition.

    April 18, 2014 14 Photos

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should Richmond rezone the southwest corner of Main Street and Tates Creek Avenue to B-1 (Neighborhood Business) with restrictions to allow construction of a financial services office?

     View Results