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TO YOUR HEALTH

Wine and Chocolate Benefit for Diabetes; seriously?

By MARTI CHANDLER, Jefferson County Health Center diabetes educator | Mar 18, 2013

The Jefferson County Health Center Foundation wine and

chocolate tasting fundraiser on March 21, benefiting Diabetes Awareness and Screening, is raising some eyebrows.

In moderation, and fitting it into your meal plan, a diabetic can

occasionally enjoy wine and chocolate.

The reason for the benefit is to continue to support JCHC’s diabetes awareness and prevention efforts. Such as every November we have a Diabetes Open House with medical professionals presenting current treatment and prevention

information, including valuable information from our pharmacist and dietitian.

Diabetes education and awareness was the beneficiary of the very same event in 2012. Since July the Jefferson County Health Center with the support of the Foundation has been able to provide free diabetes screenings to more than 500 people. More than 10 percent of the people had elevated blood sugar levels and were encouraged to follow up with their health care provider. Since early detection is critical to successful long term management of diabetes, we feel these individuals greatly benefited from the free screening.

The community has been extremely supportive of this event in the past. People enjoy a sample of wine, including some from local wineries, delicious chocolate from the Chocolate Café and we all benefit in the long run. Cheese, crackers and non-alcoholic beverages are available too.

The Jefferson County Health Center provided free screening events at the Kiwanis Kids’ Day parade, Cambridge, First National Bank, Hy-Vee, Everybody’s, the Lions Club, the Jefferson County Fair and other locations in the county. If your business, church, civic group or other organization would be interested in having a free screening for your members, please let me know.

Diabetes has reached epidemic levels in this country and in Jefferson County. It is currently the fastest growing disease in America. For all age groups, there are 20.8 million people, or 7 percent of the population that have been diagnosed with diabetes, but an alarming 6.2 million remain undiagnosed. We want to reduce that number in Jefferson County.

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes can decrease the chance of developing complications from diabetes. Complications can include heart disease, stroke, hypertension, eye problems, kidney disease, nervous system diseases and amputations. Overall the risk of death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of a similar age without diabetes. The good news is that with early detection and life style changes these risks can be greatly reduced.

If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, the Jefferson County Health Center can help you. Learn how to live a healthier life with diabetes at our Diabetes Self-Management Program.

Jefferson County Foundation Uncork for a Cause is Thursday, March 21st from 5pm to 7pm. Tickets are $25 and the first 200 people receive a free wine glass. Tickets are available at the door, or at Finishing Touch and the Chocolate Café on the Fairfield Square. Seriously, wine and chocolate can benefit the community.

 

Marty Chandler, RN., is the diabetes educator at Jefferson County Health Center. She can be contacted at 469-4292.

 

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