"These screenings allowed us to not only help individuals with early detection, it also allowed The Diabetes Caucus to raise awareness for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
These free screenings sponsored by both Representatives and Senators took place throughout the state at various Diabetes events, businesses, hospitals and health fairs. The screenings were provided in partnership with local health departments and hospitals.“A special thanks to Novo Nordisk for all their help in setting up each screening and providing key educational materials for all the participants and businesses,” said Durkin.
“Through these screenings, those showing signs of diabetes or pre-diabetes were identified and they were encouraged to seek additional testing by their personal physicians,” said State Rep. Michael Tryon, founding member of the Diabetes Caucus. “I know that at the diabetes event I sponsored, we had two individuals who were referred for additional testing. I am pleased the Diabetes Caucus was able to assist Illinoisans with early detection, which is the key to successful management of diabetes.”
In addition to the free screening the Diabetes Caucus has sponsored legislation including the creation of Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day, November 14th, legislation to create a Diabetes Action Plan throughout the state and new Diabetes Awareness License Plates.
Members of the Diabetes Caucus are already planning free Diabetes screenings statewide for next Diabetes Awareness Day on November 14, 2014 please check www.ilgadiabetes.com for a location near you.