Free blood sugar screening offered Nov. 15 in Vermillion November has been proclaimed National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Recent research demonstrates that early diagnosis, treatment, and continuing education can reduce devastating long-term complications which can result in overwhelming physical disabilities and staggering financial responsibilities.
Diabetes is a disease that requires self-management for successful treatment. Self-management is not possible without education and diagnosis. It is estimated that there are 16 million persons in the U.S. that have diabetes, but only half of those are diagnosed.
Free blood sugar screening for diabetes will be held on Monday, Nov. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic lobby at 20 S. Plum. Street. Information about diabetes and pre-diabetes will be available at that time.
Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center offers ongoing free Diabetes Support and Education Group meetings. The next meeting will be held on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. in the board room. Dr. Roy Mortinsen will speak on diabetes complications.
Individual and group classes for newly diagnosed diabetics are held regularly at Sioux Valley in Vermillion. These are certified classes and approved by the American Diabetes Association. Please contact Mary Auch, registered dietitian, or Marsha Thompson, RN, certified diabetes educator, at 605-624-2611 for more information.