Mission Valley clinic hosting diabetes screening

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Jan. 13, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.

The Victoria Area Nurse Practitioners will host a diabetes wellness day on Jan. 22 to make sure residents in Victoria are taking care of their diabetes.

Free blood sugar, blood pressure and foot screening tests will be available alongside preventive and management information, said Joy Holladay, president of the nurse practitioners group and a family nurse practitioner at Mission Valley Clinic.

However more importantly, is the push to prevent diabetes through education.

"We held a fundraiser the last few years to raise funds for public awareness," she said. "We felt this event would be the best way to give back to the community, by utilizing some of those funds to give back to the Victoria area."

Some of the most recent statistics from 2005 for Victoria show that Victoria had a 15 percent prevalence of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in adults 18 and older, according to a report released by the Department of State Health Services.

"The prevention of diabetes is key," Holladay said. "Many people do not realize diabetes is a manageable illness."

Kathy Bruno, a retired school teacher who is a Type 1 diabetic, plans to attend the event and thinks diabetes education is extremely important.

"It gives everybody an opportunity to get questions answered," she said.

Nurse practitioners from different clinics in the Crossroads will be providing the screenings. Door prizes include glucometers and gift cards.

As a Type 1 diabetic, Bruno needs to make sure her sugar and diet is always in check.

"I think it's wonderful because with the knowledge and education you get from them, it could help prevent diabetes," she said. "You can even nip it in the bud."



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