Doña Ana County

COMMISSIONER GONZALEZ SPONSORS DIABETES OUTREACH CLINIC

COMMISSIONER GONZALEZ SPONSORS DIABETES OUTREACH CLINIC

 

            In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, District 2 Doña Ana County Commissioner Ramon S. Gonzalez will host a Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach Clinic at the Doña Ana County Government Center on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 117. County staff and the public are encouraged to participate.
            Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach staff will conduct glucose screenings, blood pressure tests and body-mass-index testing on all participants and A1C tests on high-risk patients. 
            Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach regularly schedules screens throughout Doña Ana County, including the communities of Chaparral, Sunland Park, Anthony, Vado, Doña Ana, Radium Springs, Hatch, Butterfield and Organ. In these communities in 2017, the Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach found that 21 percent of individuals screened were in the abnormal range.
             “Diabetes is at epidemic levels in our area, and by screening we find many persons with abnormal glucose who do not know they may have diabetes,” said June Donohue, executive director of Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach. “If found, when diagnosed as pre-diabetic, there is a possibility of preventing or delaying diabetes. If found to have diabetes, the person is able to learn how to make lifestyle changes and control their blood sugars and avoid complications such as loss of eye sight, kidney failure and even amputations.”
            One out of three persons with diabetes will die from heart disease or stroke. Controlling diabetes in its early years helps control medical expenses for the patient and the community. One out of every four dollars spent in the U.S. on healthcare is spent on diabetes.
            Doña Ana County has been involved in diabetes education and awareness for several years. The county’s Health and Human Services Department oversees the Nuestra Vida program, which is an evidence-based intervention and outreach program that aims to improve the prevention and self-management of diabetes among adolescents and adults living in Doña Ana County. The program also seeks to increase awareness of diabetes and support for healthy diabetes management practices, healthy eating, and active living.       
            Nuestra Vida’s family- and community-centered approach seeks to build awareness and support from the ground up. The Doña Ana County Nuestra Vida program was awarded the 2014 Annual Achievement Award on behalf of the National Association of Counties. Nuestra Vida is operational in Anthony, Chaparral and Butterfield. 
            In addition, Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach participates in the annual Doña Ana County Community Fair, which is an event to connect rural residents with subject matter experts from county departments and external organizations.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.
 

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