Seniors reminded of diabetes dangers - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Seniors reminded of diabetes dangers

Posted: Updated:

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Albany leaders urge senior citizens to get screened for diabetes, the silent killer.

Albany's mayor, SOWEGA Council on Aging officials, and church leaders are joining a statewide program called the Medicare Diabetes Senior Project.

Dozens of seniors got free glucose screenings at the Senior center on Pine Avenue Monday. Medicare offers free diabetes screening for people 65 and older but few take advantage of it.

Georgians have a high rate of diabetes. Albany's rate of more than 13% is one of the highest in the state. But many people don't know they have diabetes.

"Diabetes is generally referred to as the silent killer. In other words it damages your organs. Your eyes, your kidneys, prior to you ever knowing you are a diabetic," said Albany Mayor Dr. Willie Adams.

 If you're at least 65 and on Medicare, you're urged to contact your Doctor and take advantage of the free screening.

 

Copyright 2011 WALB.  All rights reserved.   Feedback