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Health department to offer screenings

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 11:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 11:32 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – In honor of National Diabetes Month, the McHenry County Department of Health will offer screenings from 6 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at its Crystal Lake office, 100 N. Virginia St., and from 6 to 9 a.m. Nov. 20 at Alden-Hebron High School, 9604 Illinois St., Hebron.

Appointments are required at 815-334-4536. The cost is $35.    

The screening requires a 12-hour fast and includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure with cardiovascular and diabetes prevention education.     

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an additional 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.  If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and even death.

The American Diabetes Association states medical expenses attributable to diabetes in Illinois total $8.98 billion. Risk factors include age, family history, women who had had gestational diabetes, lack of physical activity, being overweight and tobacco use. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing weight and by being more physically active. Symptoms may include increased thirst, increased hunger, blurred vision, fatigue, increased urination or slow healing sores.  

To learn more, visit the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

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