World Diabetes Day Health Fair Nov. 10 provides free health screenings

Experts will offer tips on living with diabetes from exercise and diet to overcoming stress

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Do you already have diabetes? Or do you want to be tested for diabetes?

The University of Michigan Diabetes Health Fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk (across State Street from Briarwood Mall, off I-94 exit 177), can help the millions at-risk for diabetes and those who are diagnosed with diabetes.

The event is hosted by the U-M Comprehensive Diabetes Center and sponsored by U-M MedEquip and held in observance of the United Nations' World Diabetes Day and the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Awareness Month.

Because symptoms are easy to miss, the Centers for Disease Control estimates 7 million Americans have diabetes and don't know it, and many more, about 79 million people, may have pre-diabetes. The best way to know is to have a blood sugar test.

Visitors to the Health Fair can get free health screenings for blood sugar and A1c, blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney disease, obesity risk and for those with diabetes, checks of their feet and eyes for any early signs of diabetes complications.

In addition, the latest information on diabetes prevention and treatment will be offered by University of Michigan staff, along with exhibits on diabetes medical supplies.

Talks with experts are scheduled during the fair, including:

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. “Exercise as medicine: Preventing and managing chronic disease with exercise”
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. “Diabetes distress: Is your diabetes stressing you out?"
  • Noon-12:45 p.m. “Protein 101: Beyond carbohydrates”

The complications of diabetes, from poor vision and nerve damage to kidney failure and heart trouble, contribute to a poor quality of life and higher death rate for the 25.8 million adults and children in the United States who are diabetic. Type 2 diabetes tends to run in families and is higher among Blacks and Hispanics. Obesity, lack of exercise and age are contributing factors with diabetes risk rising after age 45.

But research shows that those with diabetes who keep strict control of their blood sugar may be able to avoid the complications that contribute to diabetes being the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. If it is caught early, and with lifestyle modifications, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes can often be reversed.

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