Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center Presents The ABCs Of Diabetes on April 13th

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(West Columbia, SC)Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) will observe National Diabetes Alert Day by presenting the ABCs of Diabetes, on Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (10 a.m. to 12 pm in English and 1:00 pm to 3pm in Spanish) at its location on 1218 Batchelor Street in West Columbia. The one-day event will serve as a “wake-up call” to inform the public about the seriousness of diabetes. In addition to urging individuals to take the Prediabetes Risk Test, the BLEC will be providing the following:
A. free A1c tests,
B. blood pressure readings
C. checking your medication and supplements in a brown bag medicine review.
For the medication review, it is important for event attendees to bring all their medications and supplements in the original containers.

The National Diabetes Alert Day Event is supported by the generous contributions of Diabetes Free SC and Molina Healthcare. BLEC is also excited to announce new partnerships with the University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, and Operation Diabetes (an initiative by APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists).

According to health experts, the public should be aware of five important facts about diabetes: (1) diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States; (2) diabetes is a major cause of not just blindness, but also kidney failure, heart attacks, and strokes; (3) Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases; (4) Type 1 diabetes tends to develop early in life; and (5) lifestyle changes like a healthy diet and exercise can drastically reduce the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

For more information on the event, please contact Mrs. Sylvia Flint, BLEC’s project coordinator for Diabetes Intervention Program for Families, at either or (803) 744-1971.

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