November is National Diabetes Month Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease which kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The American Diabetes Association’s website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease. Early detection is critical.
This is why Maquoketa First United Methodist Church is hosting Life Line Screening on Monday, November 4, 2019. One of the tests is a simple blood test for glucose (sugar) which can determine if a person is at-risk of developing diabetes. Other screenings include tests to check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke. Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes.
There are also tests to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called “hardening of the arteries” in the legs. Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke and is directly related to Peripheral Arterial Disease. Recommendations for people with diabetes included a PAD test starting at age 50.
Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment - call 1-800-364-0457 - go to www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle - text the word circle to 797979 - email cheryl.porter@LLSA.com. Pre-registration is required.