The Charlotte Observer recently printed a story to promote Novant Health's new wellness initiative. Novant Health is taking notice of the link between diabetes, hypertension, and obesity as a prevalent triple threat. In response, they are seeking to accurately identify those who have all three conditions.
The Observer quotes Novant's senior vice president, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, who says "If you look at diabetes by itself, you're really missing two-thirds of the triad that is so critically important for people to understand in trying to decrease heart disease, stroke and cancer". Garmon-Brown goes on to state that "Sixty-nine percent of people who have diabetes also have hypertension. Many of these people are also overweight and obese".
The news of a major hospital system taking notice and action is encouraging, and as the Observer article mentions, Carolinas HealthCare System announced a similar initiative several months ago. These pro-active efforts from large hospitals is a positive step towards improved health outcomes for our community. The increased screening efforts will lead to increased awareness, treatment, and health management.
Novant's free health screenings will take place in Matthews and Huntersville on January 24th. The free screenings are available to anyone between the ages of 13 and 70 and include weight and blood pressure screens, as well as hemoglobin A1c tests for diabetes. For more information click here.
Free screenings offer a great opportunity to take charge of your health and well-being.
If the screening results indicate a diagnosis, it is always important to follow up with your healthcare provider to discuss the next steps. Stay tuned for future articles on stress reduction techniques to help manage hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.