• March 27
  • Natividad Medical Center, Salinas
  • March 27, 2018
  • Category: Health/Medical

Event Details

  • March 27, 2018
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Free


  • Natividad Medical Center
  • 1441 Constitution Blvd
  • Salinas, CA 93901

Event Description

Tuesday, March 27th is Diabetes Alert Day! Natividad Medical Center encourages you to know your risk of developing diabetes, a disease that many ignore until it is too late. To help bring attention to the disease, the American Diabetes Association has deemed Tuesday, March 27th, as Diabetes Alert Day. On Diabetes Alert Day, a day in which everyone is encouraged to take a Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, the Diabetes Education Center will have an informational booth in the Main Lobby of Natividad Medical Center, 1441 Constitution Blvd., from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Please stop by our booth to find out if you are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and what you can do to prevent it. There will be no blood testing. No appointment necessary. Available on a first come first serve basis. The direct line for the Diabetes Education Center is 831-755-6292. According to the American Diabetes Association, a recent study showed that many overweight and obese Americans do not believe they are at serious risk for diabetes and are ignoring weight as a health risk. Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States, WITH 30 MILLION AMERICANS (9.4% of the U.S. population) DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE AS OF 2015 (CDC). The CDC predicts that unless things change, by 2050, 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 indicates that the body cannot produce any insulin. This most often occurs in children and young adults, though may occur at any age. These individuals must take daily insulin injections. Type 2 is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or properly use, insulin. This type makes up 90 to 95 percent of affected population. In Salinas Valley, more than 1 in 10 adults has diabetes, which is higher than the rates for both California and the United States. Over 25% of seniors have diabetes, with an additional 50% with pre-diabetes. Currently, 1/3 of Californians ages 18-39 have pre-diabetes, but in Monterey County the rate is higher, at 37%. The risk factors for diabetes include individuals with a family history of the disease; adults over the age of 45; individuals who are overweight or obese; individuals who do not exercise on a regular basis; minority populations; individuals with hypertension (blood pressure greater than 140 over 90) or cardiovascular disease; individuals with blood lipid abnormalities; and women with polycystic ovary syndrome. In addition, studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7% of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) through simple, regular physical activity such as walking (30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) and healthful eating. By understanding one's risk, it is possible to take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Warning Signs: . Frequent urination . Excessive thirst . Extreme hunger . Unusual weight loss . Increased fatigue . Irritability . Blurry vision . BMI (body mass index) ≥ 25 kg/m² or ≥ 23 kg/m² in Asian Americans Natividad Medical Center's Diabetes Education Center offers outpatient services to children and adults with diabetes Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, and pre-diabetes. Outpatient services include individual counseling and education, group counseling and education, community presentations and outreach. Services are provided by a Certified Diabetes Educator. Services are available in English, Spanish and other languages. About Natividad Medical Center (NMC): Owned and operated by Monterey County, NMC is a 172-bed, acute-care hospital providing health care services to county residents for more than 132 years. Based in Salinas, California, NMC offers inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. NMC provides more than 38,000 patient days of care each year and has more than 52,000 emergency d