Diabetes Awareness Event set for May 22
The Marlinton Lions Club will host a Diabetes Awareness Day workshop at the Marlinton/Edray Senior Center Friday, May 22, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Diabetes causes more deaths in a single year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Because diabetes is related to so many health problems, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. It is the leading cause of kidney failure and also the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
To raise awareness of this disease, Lions Clubs across the country are hosting diabetes awareness events this month.
The Marlinton Club will be teaming with Pocahontas Memorial Hospital to offer a diabetes awareness presentation by Terry Wagner at 10:30 a.m., followed by a special diabetes-geared bingo with door prizes. The presentation will cover what diabetes is, the difference between the different types, who might be at risk for developing diabetes, what you can do to prevent it, and if you do have it, what you can do to still lead a healthy life.
Wagner is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. She regularly leads diabetes education classes and programs and also collaborates with the WVU Extension Service to offer Dining with Diabetes classes for the community.
Everyone is invited to join the Marlinton Lions Club for this event, particularly those who are at risk for diabetes or who have diabetes.
There is no charge except the normal cost of lunch at the Senior Center, if you choose to stay for lunch.