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Health officials host diabetes screenings, vaccination clinic at Acrisure Stadium

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Healthy players on the field and healthy fans in the stands.

The Steelers teamed up with area health officials to make sure the black-and-gold nation is protected against all illnesses, including diabetes.

As quickly as you can say “Go Steelers,” fans at today’s game can be screened for diabetes.

“It’s simple. It’s a finger stick,” said Nick Vizzoca, president of the Center for Healthcare Solutions. “We check their A1C levels, right on the spot. We give them the information and they’re good to go.”

So, before focusing on T.J. Watt’s return to the turf or Kenny Pickett’s ongoing quest for his first NFL win, the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania is hoping people take a second to focus on their health.

“They feel good, and a lot of people with diabetes do feel good. And don’t realize that they have it,” Vizzoca added.

In Pennsylvania alone, experts estimate about 300,000 people have the disease and don’t even know it.

To show you just how easy screening is, KDKA’s very own Chris DeRose got a quick check-up.

First, the paperwork.

“I feel like I’m about to get my nails done,” said DeRose.

Then the prick.

“That wasn’t too bad.”

Minutes later, the results.

“82 is a really good number! So, you have a low risk for diabetes!”

“That’s awesome!”

“Hopefully, we don’t find anybody with diabetes, but if somebody does, we’ll take the action to make sure they get the care they need,” said Vizzoca.

Giant Eagle pharmacists were also on-hand before the game to administer flu and covid-19 shots.

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Diabetes testing clinic seeks to help at-risk Winnipeggers

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Maples residents were checking up on their health Saturday afternoon at a diabetes testing clinic targeting Winnipeggers of South Asian descent.

The pop-up clinic, operating out of the Maples Community Centre, offered free A1C testing from Dynacare. The test helps determine if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

“There’s currently 412,000 Manitobans that are living with or at risk for diabetes … and so we’re here to create awareness in the south Asian and Sikh communities today,” said Kelly Lambkin, Senior Manager of Community Fundraising and Events for Diabetes Canada.

November is diabetes awareness month. Lambkin said some people are more at-risk than others when it comes to developing the disease.

“High-risk populations include our Indigenous populations, our south Asian populations, our African/Caribbean as well,” she said.

Participants at the clinic underwent several tests, including blood pressure and BMI. The process finished with the A1C blood test, which averages your blood glucose over a three month span.

Test results will be mailed out to participants and their primary health care provider. Lambkin said the campaign is already a success.

“This is our fifth year for hosting this campaign. Our goal is to test 50,000 Manitobans, each year we’ve exceeded our goal we plan to do that again this year,” said Lambkin.

“It is so critical to assess your risk for diabetes,” she said. “Diabetes is a progressive disease, so as soon as you identify those risks, it could delay complications in the future.”

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