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Tri-Cities Diabetes Coalition Hosted Diabetes Health Fair in Richland to Educate People

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The fair featured various booths that gave out information about Diabetes to people. The fair featured various booths that gave out information about Diabetes to people.

RICHLAND, WA-  The Tri-Cities Diabetes Coalition hosted its Annual Diabetes Health Fair Saturday morning at Bethel Church in Richland.

Nearly half of U.S. adults are estimated to have diabetes or pre-diabetes and it is something health experts at the fair wanted to make sure people are aware.      

The free fair featured booths from local and regional health specialists to answer questions about the disease.

Two women at the fair have dealt with diabetes for more than a decade and came to learn about new advancements and technology to keep it under control. 

"Well they have new treatments that we don't know about.  We thought we'd come and find out.  The foot care was huge, we didn't know about that," said Jane Bell and Connie Coppersmith.

"I think one of the biggest misconceptions about diabetes is that it's inevitable.  The message we're really trying to get across is that there are a lot of ways you can prevent developing diabetes, particularly type two diabetes," said Dr. Amy Person with the Benton Franklin Health District.

Health experts said diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.  In Benton County, that rate is 27 for every 100,000 people and in Franklin County it is 39 for 100,000 people. 

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