Learn about diabetes prevention and care Saturday in Lexington

By: - April 27, 2023 12:32 pm

Almost 475,000 Kentuckians or 14% of the adult population have been diagnosed with diabetes.

What: Diabetes Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington (UK Cooperative Extension office)

Admission: Free but there will be a prize drawing for those who pre-register by calling 859-257-5582.

Another 101,000 Kentuckians have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk, according to the American Diabetes Association. 

On Saturday, April 29, a free Diabetes Expo in Lexington will offer information about how to prevent and manage the disease and its complications which include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness and death.

The event — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1140 Harry Sykes Way (the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension office)— will feature more than 25 vendors with cooking demonstrations, primary care and education services, vision screenings, Q&A with experts, free vaccines and more, according to a release from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Admission is free, but there will be a prize drawing for those who pre-register by calling 859-257-5582.

Kentucky ranks eighth among the states for diabetes prevalence and in 2017 had the nation’s fifth-highest death rate due to diabetes. 

An estimated 1 in 3 adult Kentuckians have prediabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels are higher than normal and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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