State Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) is screened for diabetes Nov. 14 during Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day. | Submitted
Updated: December 7, 2012 10:17AM
OSWEGO — On Nov. 14, State Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) partnered with Provena Mercy Medical Center and Earthmover Credit Union to bring awareness and free diabetes screenings to local families.
Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day was established July 17 to shed light on the growing epidemic of diabetes in Illinois and the United States.
“Diabetes Awareness Day provides us a perfect opportunity to stress the importance of early detection,” Hatcher said. “The earlier a patient is diagnosed with diabetes and receives proper care, the better able they will be to manage the condition and minimize the harmful side effects.”
About 800,000 adults in Illinois have diabetes. Diabetes care costs $7.3 billion annually in Illinois.
“We at Provena Mercy Medical Center are proud to participate in this very important diabetes screening program, held in recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month,” said Maria Aurora Diaz, director of community health and diabetes at Provena Mercy Medical Center.
“Wednesday’s national observance offers one more way to raise awareness and education about a disease that is growing at epidemic rates in our country and local communities. Provena Mercy is committed to serving our community and leading our neighbors toward the path of better health.”
State legislators throughout the state along with hospitals went to community organizations, office buildings and local business to provide diabetes testing Nov. 14.
To take a diabetes risk assessment test, visit ilgadiabetes.com or facebook.com/Illinois-Legislative-Diabetes-Caucus.