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Lions Clubs fight against prediabetes

MARQUETTE — November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and U.P. Lions Club members will be out in the community this month, helping people find out if they are at high risk for having diabetes or prediabetes. As estimated one out of three adults and 50 percent of seniors have prediabetes and 90 percent don’t even know they have a health problem that puts them on the path to getting type 2 diabetes. In the U.P., about 90,000 people don’t know they have prediabetes. Another 7000 people are walking around with type 2 diabetes and don’t know it.

Stop by one of these locations this month and take the paper diabetes/prediabetes quiz:

Nov. 13 – noon to 2 p.m.: Negaunee Senior Center

Nov. 15 – noon to 2 p.m.: Marquette Senior Center

Nov. 19 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Escanaba Senior Center

Nov. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Gwinn Senior Center

Nov. 26 – 9 a.m. to noon: St. Thomas Church in Escanaba

Nov. 26 – 1 to 3 p.m.: Gladstone Senior Center

Gary Perala, Lions Defense against Diabetes chair for the U.P., will also be on hand to share info with you about other diabetes care and prevention programs that the Lions are helping to sponsor in your area with the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network and other local community agencies.

If you can’t attend one of the screenings, go to DoIHavePrediabetes.org to take the online quiz and talk to your doctor of provider about getting tested for prediabetes and diabetes; a simple, inexpensive blood test is all you need.

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