More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, yet one in four people do not know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, and to help educate people about diabetes and determine if they have the disease, Emerson Hospital is hosting a free diabetes and foot screening on Tuesday, November 17.
Screenings will be performed by clinicians at Emerson Hospital between 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. The sessions are in the early morning because the diabetes finger prick test needs to be done as a fasting screening - on an empty stomach. The foot screening will assess participants’ feet to check for calluses, wounds and ulcers. Since people who have diabetes often do not have full feeling in their feet, they may not be aware of issues that can lead to infections.
The screenings will take place in the corridor near the hospital’s main cafeteria, the North Bridge Café. Participants can enter through the main hospital entrance at 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner in Concord, proceed down the main hallway and follow signs to the cafeteria.
If you have a family history of diabetes or want to learn more about the disease, stop by for the screenings and information. Coffee and breakfast foods will be available for sale at the North Bridge Café at the hospital following the screenings. Parking will be validated for participants.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Laundry, diabetes educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-287-8590, or Phyllis Lupisella, RN, program director, Emerson’s Center for Advanced Wound Care, at email@example.com or 978-287-8550.
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Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.