Polk County Health Department Hosts Diabetes Screening Day

Polk County Health Department Hosts Diabetes Screening Day

(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department will host a Diabetes Screening Day on Monday, August 25, 2014 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The event will be held at the Polk County Health Department (1907 Carpenter Ave. Des Moines) and individuals will receive a free diabetes screening, access to resources to manage or prevent diabetes and immunization information.

“It’s important for anyone over the age of 45 and overweight to get tested for diabetes,” said Rick Kozin, director of the Polk County Health Department. “Individuals who are younger, overweight and have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes should also take advantage of our Diabetes Screening Day.”

At the screening event, individuals will receive a free blood glucose screening, resources and programs that can help individuals better manage or prevent diabetes. Individuals will also receive information regarding adult immunizations and the chance to review their immunization records with our medical staff.

“Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to complications from illnesses like influenza and pneumonia,” said Leah Gabriel, ARNP, Polk County Health Department Nurse Practitioner. “Individuals attending our screening day should bring in their immunization records, so we can discuss what immunizations are needed to keep them healthy.”

According to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health from 1990-2009 about 42% of the Iowa adult population have diabetes or pre-diabetes, many of them undiagnosed. The main reason that many cases of diabetes do not get diagnosed is because many of the symptoms seem so harmless. Symptoms include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, fatigue, irritability and blurry vision.

Screenings will be available and free of charge to any Polk County resident. In order to be tested, do not eat or drink anything other than water for eight hours prior to event. Please bring all prescriptions, over the counter medications you are taking and immunization records.

 

For more information regarding Diabetes Screening Day, visit our web site at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health.

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