Did you know that every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes?
That's why the medical community is pushing for more awareness about the disease.
That's why Blessing Hospital in Quincy hosted their annual blood sugar screening day to coincide with World Diabetes Day.
M ichele Stinnett said she wanted to take advantage of the blood sugar screening that was being offered by Blessing Hospital.
"M y grandfather is an insulin dependent diabetic so I want to do everything I can to prevent myself from getting diabetes," Stinnett said.
Ninety-two people came through the doors throughout the morning to be screened and to learn more about the disease. The director of Blessing Hospital's Diabetes Center said education is one of the keys to making sure that someone who is diagnosed with diabetes doesn't become insulin dependent.
"J ust because you're diagnosed with diabetes doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to go on insulin and that you're going to have to be put on medication. Diabetes is best maintained through diet and exercise," Valerie Greving said.
And with the family history of diabetes Stinnett wanted to make sure her numbers weren't elevated.
" There's a lot of educators here today that are here to talk to us. And they did a blood test to make sure that I'm OK and I am OK which is good, but I want to continue to do this in the future so I am not diabetic," Stinnett said.
Greving went on to say that one in four people don't know that they even have the disease and that one in three are at risk of developing diabetes. So she hopes the awareness and education will continue and that they see those numbers decline.