Free Screenings in November for Diabetics
In recognition of this month’s designation as American Diabetes
Month, the American Diabetes Association is appealing to the 10.3
million Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes to learn how to
aggressively manage their diabetes and, specifically, to learn how to
prevent or delay three of the most common complications of diabetes
— blindness, lower limb amputations and heart disease.
communities throughout the country, Association staff and volunteers
will be partnering with local hospitals, clinics and healthcare
providers to coordinate eye, foot and blood pressure screenings in an
effort to identify early signs of nerve damage, vision loss, and if
left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and
stroke in people with diabetes.
Screening locations and dates are available by calling (800) DIABETES or by visiting the Association’s Web site at http://www.diabetes.org.
Diabetes Month packets, including a brochure that unfolds into a
colorful, easy-to-read poster, with the theme “Diabetes, What to
Know: Head to Toe,” and a monofilament — a tool people with
diabetes can use for checking sensation in their feet — also are
available by calling.
this support, many people with diabetes can learn how to manage their
disease and live long happy lives. And our American Diabetes Month
Campaign materials are free ways to provide many easy tips that will
aid in this process,” said Dr. Bruce R. Zimmerman, association
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