Pre-Diabetes Screenings Offered
Medical Center offers free screenings to help prevent diabetes:
"It's easier, less expensive and more effective to prevent diabetes than to treat it once you have it, medical personnel told Monterey County residents Monday at a free screening held at Natividad Medical Center.
It's critical to catch diabetes as early as possible to make treatment more effective, said Bertha Ramirez, a certified diabetes educator at Natividad's Diabetes Education Center. But an even better plan would be to prevent the onset of the disease, she said.
"Control what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat," Ramirez said. "And get any little bit of exercise you can."
About 30 people showed up and stood on a scale to have their body mass index measured. "It's a good non-invasive test," she said, adding that those with a body mass index greater than 25 were at risk for diabetes and heart disease and were advised to see their doctor.
Many people are walking around with dangerously high blood-sugar levels, yet are convinced they didn't have diabetes, and consequently haven't been tested for a long time, Ramirez said."