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OMC to Host Diabetes Care Fair Nov. 5

OMC to host Diabetes Care Fair Nov. 5

1 in 3 people born in recent years expected to develop diabetes in their lifetime

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in three people born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. In Howell County, one in 10 individuals is already living with diabetes.

“Diabetes touches the lives of many. In Missouri alone, 301,000 individuals are living with diabetes,” said Meagan Jones, RN, Ozarks Medical Center Health Educator. “Educating ourselves about healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.”

In order to increase the awareness of this deadly disease, Ozarks Medical Center will host a Diabetes Care Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. November 5 at the OMC Parkway Education Center. The free event will include an educational dinner presentation from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. During the dinner, Henry Bryan, a member of a patient-led approach to diabetes education called A1C Champions, will share his personal story about the struggle to control diabetes.

To RSVP to the dinner, call the OMC Education Department at 417-257-6793 by November 2.

The diabetes fair will include information on glucose monitoring, nutrition, exercise, stress, medication and symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes. Guests can tour educational booths before the dinner presentation. A free A1C test will be offered at the event. The A1C test indicates a person’s blood sugar control over the past two to three months.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans are living with diabetes and more than a quarter of those remain undiagnosed.

“Too often, signs and symptoms of diabetes are overlooked or even ignored,” Jones said. “The symptoms can advance slowly and by then, the disease may have caused major, long-term damage to the body.”

Jones said she encourages people to know the warning signs of Type 2 Diabetes, which include increased thirst, frequent urination, slow healing cuts or sores, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, blurred vision, dizziness, itchy or dry skin, fatigue or frequent infections. Any one or a combination of these symptoms should prompt a person to seek medical help.

“Prolonged elevated blood sugar can lead to long-term complications such as kidney damage, sexual problems, cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy, nerve damage known as neuropathy and an increased risk for heart attack and stroke,” Jones said. “By keeping the blood glucose as close to normal as possible a diabetic has a greater chance of prolonging the onset or preventing these complications.”

The Diabetes Care Fair will include something for everyone including diabetics, pre-diabetics, those at risk for the disease, family members of diabetics and those interested in learning more about diabetes.

For more information, call 417-257-6793.

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