Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
June 11, 2013
PRESTONSBURG — Three weeks after a local health advocacy group declared diabetes a “crisis of epidemic proportions” in Floyd, Johnson and Magoffin counties, a newly opened medical office announced it will be offering free diabetic screening next Wednesday.
King’s Daughters Medical Center will offer the screenings beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the new King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, located on 1279 Old Abbott Mountain Road, in Prestonsburg.
“This is just something we wanted to do because it is so debilitating if it goes untreated,” said Tracy Woods, with the community relations department at King’s Daughters.
Woods said it is important for people to be screened for diabetes, because they can be diabetic or pre-diabetic without knowing it.
“Symptoms vary and people aren’t aware of that,” Woods said. “That symptom is normal to them, so they’re not aware that could be a problem.”
The Tri-County Diabetes Partnership, which is working to raise awareness and improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, issued its declaration last month. Deirdra Robinson, project coordinator of the group, said one of the primary reasons for taking the step was to raise awareness about the issue.
During the same meeting, the group also agreed to seek grant funding to pay for diabetic screening for every adult in the three counties over the age of 40.
The screenings will include total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen. No fasting is required prior to the screening. King’s Daughters primary care physician John Furcolow, M.D., will review results with patients, following their screening.
Heart, stroke, diabetes and tobacco education will also be available.
Appointments are required by calling (888) 377-5362.