LELAND, NC (WWAY) — One in three adults in the U.S. has prediabetes but only about 11 percent know they actually have it.
Due to these alarming statistics, the Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC), comprised of Dosher Memorial Hospital, Brunswick County Health Department, New Hope Clinic and YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina, are hosting free screenings that could let you know if you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
“Its just a little prick on the finger and it takes four minutes to receive the results,” said Bridget Carroll, Community Health Program Coordinator with the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina. “They can take the results to learn more about diabetes prevention programs.”
Some factors that increase one’s risks of developing diabetes include a sedentary lifestyle, a family member with type 2 diabetes, being overweight, age or having gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
BWC will host three diabetes screenings this month at the following locations:
- Monday, Feb. 4: Brunswick Center, 121 Town Hall Drive, Leland, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 8: Brunswick Forest, 1007 Evangeline Drive, Leland, 1 – 5 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 21: Southport Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe Street, Suite 1, Southport, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are limited supplies of the diabetes screening kits. No appointment is necessary and anyone 18 or older is invited to attend.
“If you feel you are at risk and have not had an A1C test done in the past 90 days, you should definitely come to this,” Carroll said.
If you are unable to attend the screenings, be sure to ask your physician to do the test during your next annual exam.
“Knowledge is power and then you can do the prevention to prevent type 2 diabetes,” Carroll said. “Knowing what your A1C is powerful because if you can make the lifestyle changes to prevent Type 2 diabetes, it can make a huge difference in your life.”
For questions about the upcoming screening events or the BWC Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Bridget Carroll at: Bridget.Carroll@ymcasenc.org or call 910-251-9622.