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Winter Wellness Day set for Friday at Lewis senior center

January 21, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

A number of free health screenings will be available for the public Friday at the Lewis County Senior Center at part of Winter Wellness Day.

Health care professionals will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day at the center. A range of tests will be available to attendees, including hearing, cholesterol, bone density, blood pressure screenings and blood glucose. This is a very important test for everyone.

Karen Westfall, director of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital lab, will provide the blood glucose test. She noted that participants should fast for 12 hours before the test.

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Karen Westfall, director of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital lab, will provide screenings.

This test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in one's blood. Glucose comes from carbohydrate foods. It is the main source of energy used by the body. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body's cells use the glucose. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and released into the blood when the amount of glucose in the blood rises.

Normally, blood glucose levels increase slightly after you eat. This increase causes the pancreas to release insulin so that blood glucose levels do not get too high. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage one's eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels.

Blood glucose tests are done to: Check for diabetes, monitor treatment of diabetes, check for diabetes that occurs during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and determine if an abnormally low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) is present.

Besides the screenings, organizers also are aware of the benefits of music for good health. As part of a larger regional jazz weekend, Jenny Wilson and Nathan Wilson will perform at noon at the center. The duo is well-known in the Morgantown area. They also have performed a number of times in Lewis County, including events at Stonewall Resort and for the WV Jazz Society.

Organizers will have educational tables available for the public including smoking cessation, prescription drug abuse prevention, healthy lifestyle choices, domestic violence prevention, skin cancer prevention and yoga.

More information on the event is available by calling 304-269-8167.

 
 

 

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