SMH to host free annual diabetes health fair

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Special to The Saline Courier
Staff Writer

Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton will host its annual Diabetes Health Fair Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Informative seminars and screenings will be offered free of charge to participants. At 10 a.m., dietetic interns from the University of Central Arkansas will present a class on healthy eating in restaurants. At 11 a.m., Donette Spann of the Arkansas Beef Council will provide a cooking demo and food sampling.

Screenings for blood pressure, glucose, body mass index (BMI), COPD, Bioimpedance iTOVi, body fat percentage and adrenal stress will be held, and diabetes-related products and information will be demonstrated and distributed.

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 363,781 people in Arkansas, or 14.8 percent of the adult population, have diabetes. Of these, an estimated 75,000 have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk.

In addition, 797,000 people in Arkansas, 36.4 percent of the adult population, have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

Every year an estimated 25,000 people in Arkansas are diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes and prediabetes cost an estimated $3.1 billion in Arkansas each year.

The serious complications include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness – and death.

The seminar will be held in the SMH Health Education Building. Call 501-776-6051 for more information or visit salinememorial.org.

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