Galesburg - In honor of Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day (Nov. 14, 2013), State Representatives Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) have partnered with Joslin Diabetes to provide free diabetes screenings. The screenings are a part of an ongoing effort to shed light on the growing epidemic of diabetes and to promote early detection.
"People with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms and are unaware of their condition", said Moffitt. "That is why raising awareness plays such an integral part in fighting the epidemic of diabetes. I am pleased to join State Representative Norine Hammond and Joslin Diabetes in an effort to do our part to provide this critical screening to our community."
"Diabetes is a serious condition which can be managed; and in the case of Type 2 diabetes, prevented altogether; through awareness and education", said Hammond. "I hope people will take a few minutes to come by, get screened and learn what they can do to live a healthier life."
Studies show that of the 800,000 Illinoisans with diabetes, nearly 500,000 are undiagnosed. It is estimated that $7.3 billion is spent yearly on both direct and indirect costs associated with the care of diabetes in Illinois, which equates to more than 10 percent of all health care expenses.
Diabetic screenings are open to the public and taking place on Thursday, November 14th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Joslin Diabetes Center (3375 N. Seminary Street) in Galesburg. The test is a simple finger prick with results available immediately. For questions or more information, please call Rep. Moffitt's office at 309/343-8000 or Rep. Hammond's office at 309/836-2707.