Health System Offering Free Screenings on Diabetes Alert Day, March 25

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: March 18, 2008 – According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million people or 7% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. And Georgians aren’t exempt. According to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, in 2006 more than 7.3% of adult Georgians reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes in the United States has increased by 45%, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke, and cancer have declined.

As part of Diabetes Alert Day, Southeast Georgia Health System is offering free blood sugar screenings at two locations on March 25. The System’s Wellness On Wheels (WOW) mobile will be open at I-95 Toyota, located just off exit 38, in Brunswick to offer the screenings from 1-5 p.m. The screenings will also be offered at Wal-Mart, 6586 Highway 40, St. Marys, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free blood pressure screenings and literature about diabetes will also be available at both locations.

In addition to this day of free screenings, the Health System offers year-round diabetes education classes and support groups at its campuses in Brunswick and St. Marys, as well as free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Dick Mitchell Health Information Center inside the Outpatient Care Center, 2500 Starling St., Brunswick. To register for classes or for more information, call (912) 466-5160 in Brunswick or (912) 576-6488 in Camden County or go to www.sghs.org and register at the on-line calendar.