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Free diabetes screenings conducted by San-Cap Lions Club this Friday

By Staff | Nov 17, 2010

A complimentary diabetes screening will be performed by members of the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club this Friday, Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Recreation Center. This test uses a tiny drop of blood extracted with an almost painless prick of the finger, which is then read by a blood glucose meter in 10 seconds.

The Lions Club screeners have been trained and certified by a doctor and use all appropriate methods to insure antiseptic conditions and privacy during the screening. The test is appropriate for both children and adults. Screenings are performed on a first come, first serve basis.

Finding and treating diabetic eye disease early, before it causes vision loss, is the best way to control diabetic eye disease. Diabetic eye disease is a group of problems that people with diabetes may face. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. They include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in adults. Cataracts develop at a younger age in people with diabetes. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults. Often there are no symptoms until the disease becomes severe.

The Sanibel Recreation Center is located at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road. Daily, weekly, semi-annual and annual memberships are available. For more information, call the Rec Center at 472-0345 or visit www.mysanibel.com.

Source: City of Sanibel