Summary: Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is conducting free pediatric diabetes screenings Oct. 8, and Oct. 15 at various schools in the village of Glendale Heights.
Glendale Heights – According to the CDC, if your child was born after 2000, he or she has a one in three chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, a chronic, metabolic condition that affects the way the body makes or uses insulin. Left untreated, diabetes can cause blindness, heart and liver disease, skin infections and damage to the nerves, feet, eyes and kidneys. Early detection and treatment helps prevent complications, especially when symptoms of the disease aren’t yet present.
That’s why Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is conducting free diabetes screenings for elementary school children in Glendale Heights, courtesy of the Glendale Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Glendale Heights. The village donated a portion of the proceeds from the 12th Annual Glendale Heights Charity Golf Classic, held June 21, 2011, to the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation to launch this program. BAPS Charities also contributed to this new initiative from a donation to the foundation from the annual BAPS Walk-A-Thon event.
“'I’m concerned children in our community might have this disease and their families don’t even know it,” said Glendale Heights Mayor Linda Jackson, who conceived the idea of offering free screenings. “If we can help them take the first step toward diagnosis, they will have a greater chance of leading longer and healthier lives.”
Children in grades K through 8 who live in Glendale Heights or attend a Glendale Heights school are eligible to have their blood sugar checked by a registered nurse. The screenings are scheduled as follows:
- 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at Marquardt Middle School, 1912 North Glen Ellyn Road, Glendale Heights
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Glenside Middle School, 1560 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights
A parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of screening. Reservations are not required, but supplies are limited. Screenings will be performed on a first come, first served basis.
“Many children don’t get these screenings because people still believe Type 2 diabetes occurs only in adults,” said Melanie Siedlinski, a certified diabetes nurse educator at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “By the time kids are diagnosed, they might have very high blood sugar levels or even high blood pressure, which is a complication of untreated diabetes.”
Symptoms of diabetes include increased hunger, thirst and urination, weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, and wounds that slowly heal. However, some children should be screened even when symptoms are not present, especially if they have certain risk factors. These include obesity (more fatty cells promote insulin resistance), lack of exercise (activity makes cells more responsive to insulin), and having a diabetic parent or sibling. Also, diabetes is more common in girls than in boys and most common among blacks, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and Native Americans.
A letter will be sent home for children with borderline or high sugar results. Follow-up resources include information about how to obtain additional testing and diabetic medication, as well as an opportunity to receive a complimentary consultation from Siedlinski.
“That’s what makes these screenings in children so important,” said Bruce C. Christian, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital chief executive officer. “We appreciate this opportunity to educate the Glendale Heights community.”
Since its inception, the Charity Golf Classic has raised more than $250,000 to support local organizations.
“We’re very thankful to our sponsors and participants because without them, we could not have supported so many different organizations, needs and causes, including this screening program,” said Glendale Heights Charity Golf Classic Chair and Glendale Heights trustee Sharon Fonte. “We hope that through this program the children of our community will have an opportunity to receive help before becoming one of the statistics..”
In past years, money raised by the Charity Golf Classic has benefitted scholarships for students and residents in financial need in addition to causes including juvenile diabetes, breast cancer and heart disease.
Glendale Heights Chamber of Commerce President Keith Knautz hopes the golf classic continues for many more years to come.
“It is through the Charity Golf Classic that programs like this diabetic testing program can take place. I can only hope that we will be able to continue to raise money through the Classic for such innovative programs for many years to come,” Knautz said.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
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