According to the American Diabetes Association’s 2011 statistics, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes; with an astonishing 7.0 million of those individuals currently undiagnosed and not receiving critical treatment for their disease. Additionally, the ADA estimates that 79 million Americans currently suffer from a condition known as pre-diabetes, a treatable precursor to type-2 diabetes.
In honor of National Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 22, the Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate and the Floyd Memorial Foundation’s Healthier Community Initiative will team up to provide free A1C blood glucose screenings to the community. The goal is to bring attention to the epidemic of diabetes and pre-diabetes by diagnosing individuals who were not previously aware of their condition. A1C screening is a blood test that measures a person’s average blood glucose control over the preceding two to three months, and is recommended by the ADA as the premeire diagnostic tool for the condition.
Screenings will be offered at the New Albany YMCA from 9-11 a.m. and the Corydon Jay-C Store from 3-5 p.m. There will be free A1C screening tests administered by registered nurses, as well as certified diabetes educators available to consult with individuals diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
What: Free A1C Screenings in Honor of National Diabetes Alert Day
When: Tuesday, March 22
Where: New Albany YMCA, 9-11 a.m.
33 State Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Corydon Jay-C Store, 3-5 p.m.
389 Old Capitol Plaza NW, Corydon, IN 47112