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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.

In 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.

Free American 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.

“With 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 president.

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