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Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Kicks Off Diabetes Awareness Month

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 YAKIMA, WA.- November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital will host a free diabetes screening next weekend to help people learn more about their health.

Here in the Yakima Valley diabetes is a serious issue, one out of every eleven people have diabetes and one out of three are prediabetic.

That's why screenings like these are so important. Lori Gibbons is the program director for the diabetes screenings and she told KNDO that everyone should get himself or herself screened.

It's free and quick, and could alert someone that doesn't realize they have diabetes.

“It's an event that we do see people come in that don't realize that they have high blood sugar, because it's something that they don't feel any different,” Gibbons told us.

They'll have medical staff on call to do screenings and check your blood pressure.

They'll also have a diabetes walk and a guest speaker will speak about healthy eating habits.

The event will kick off next Saturday on National Diabetes Day, November 8th.

It starts at eight that morning and they say if you'd like to have a screening done you should fast beforehand for more accurate results.