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Diabetes Expo offers screening, free prevention tips

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The eyes have it. So do the feet. Ditto for the kidneys. These three body parts are the most likely to be adversely affected by diabetes, a disease that threatens 75 million Americans who either have or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

On Nov. 4, Barton HealthCare System will host a Diabetes Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College. This informative day will include guest speakers every hour, booths, diabetes screening, free blood pressure checks, free foot exams, raffles and more.

Participants may attend a blood draw on Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at Stateline Medical Center Lab, 2nd floor, 155 Highway 50, Stateline. The cost is $35 and no preparation is necessary. Blood test results will be available at the Diabetes Expo on Nov. 4.

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 54 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts them at serious risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Unfortunately, 6.2 million people are unaware that they have the disease.

If current trends continue, one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

Unless something is done to prevent diabetes complications, the disease will result in 6 million episodes of kidney failure, 8 million instances of blindness or eye surgery, 2 million amputations and 62 million deaths in the next 30 years.

For more information on the Diabetes Expo, contact Barton’s Diabetes Educational Services at (530) 543-5548.

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