More than 20 million americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes. Another 4100 are diagnosed everyday. The condition is quickly becoming one of the most serious medical probmes facing America.
New studies show that more than 65 percent of people with diabetes will die from heart disease or stroke. The good news is there are many options to prevent and treat the illness.
Diabetes is a disease where the body doens't produce or properly use insulin. The condition is becoming more of a problem everyday and health care workers are concerned that people around the nation aren't taking the problem seriously.
Southeast Alabama Medical Center LPN Betina Breeden said, "You can die. In extreme cases you get sick there's a lot of sid effects from being diabetic."
Wal-Mart Inc. held a free glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screening Saturday. The program helped customers identify if they had a problem in order for them to recieve proper treatment.
Sam's Club pharmacy manager Tiffani Murphy said, "If you have diabetes you can have nerve damage or worse and its important to control it the way your doctor says you should."
Many residents from the wiregrass area filed in for the health screenings. Most say the simple tests are just part of preventative maintenance to keep them in good health.
Robert Wright participated in the screening and said, "It's simple, it's been 4 years so I'm overdue and its a good idea." Another participant Barbara Morris said, "I came because my Mom was diagnosed this week and I wanted to get checked. " Larry Kirkland said, "I feel everyone needs to keep up with their blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Its an important part of protecting your health and preventing diabetes."
Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, unusual weight loss and fatigue.