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BWC partners to offer diabetes screenings

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Partners of the Brunswick Wellness Coalition are encouraging individuals to attend a free diabetes screening and education event Monday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brunswick Center at Leland or Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southport Senior Center.

Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., Brunswick County Health Services and the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina are BWC partners and will be available to answer questions about pre-diabetes. Guests can also access resources for diabetes prevention and management available from these BWC partner organizations.

The free diabetes screening is a simple, non-fasting blood test, obtained by a finger prick and will be provided to those who qualify (limited supplies; first-come, first served). No appointment is needed and anyone 18 and older is invited.

“One in three adults in the U.S. has pre-diabetes, yet only about 11 percent knows they have it,” BWC executive director Lindsay Maher said in a news release. “It is important for everyone to know the risk factors of type 2 diabetes and to know their numbers; our partners are making it easier for our residents to do so by offering this test free of charge.”

Bridget Carroll, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program coordinator, said that while individuals might have been told they are “borderline diabetes” or have “a touch of sugar,” these terms can minimize the seriousness.

“Pre-diabetes is a serious health condition that can soon lead to type 2 diabetes if no action is taken,” she said in the release. “Many of us have risk factors like being overweight, having a family history of diabetes or having a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes but aren’t aware that it could lead to pre-diabetes or diabetes. The good news is that risk may be reduced or eliminated by losing weight, eating healthier and becoming more physically activity, all of which are addressed through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program that is currently offered at the Brunswick Center at Leland and we hope to expand to other sites in the near future.”

For more information, contact Carroll at Bridget.Carroll@ymcasenc.org or 251-9622.