Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE diabetes health fair on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. on the hospital campus in West Columbia.
Diabetes is an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million people have diabetes. That’s about one out of every 11 people. Additionally, 1 in 4 does not know they have diabetes.
The CDC also estimates that 86 million americans – more than 1 in 3 adults – have pre diabetes, and 90% of them don’t know it. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30% of them will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.,
Learn more about diabetes from Lexington Medical Center’s diabetes educators, including how to use a glucometer and insulin pump, what your body mass index/body fat composition means to your health, the benefits of exercise and how to care for your feet.
The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes. Medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people without the condition.
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a family history and having diabetes while pregnant, which is also known as gestational diabetes. You can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes by losing weight, eating healthy and being more active.
There will be refreshments, door prizes, healthy food tastings, exercise demonstrations and clinicians from Lexington Endocrinology.
The health fair will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. For more information, call (803) 791-2869.
Infographics courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention