Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today,
according to the American Diabetes Association, and another 86 million
people have prediabetes and are at risk for developing the disease.
In fact, recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults
will have diabetes by 2050 unless preventative measures are taken.
Tuesday, November 14, is National Diabetes Day and Humboldt General Hospital
is doing its part to raise diabetes awareness and to promote prevention.
“This disease is so prevalent today,” said HGH Food and Nutrition
Services Director Tiffani Nalivka, “that perhaps we are downplaying
the toll it is taking on the health of our community, our state and our
Nalivka said diabetes nearly doubles the risk for heart attack and for
death from heart disease. She said it is also the leading cause of kidney
failure, and is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among working-age adults.
Additionally, the rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times
higher than for people without diabetes.
“Every 19 seconds, someone is going to get diagnosed with this disease,”
she said, “so our work is cut out for us.”
That’s why Humboldt General Hospital has decided to offer the A1C
Diabetes Screen free of charge. The A1C test is a blood test that provides
information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also
called blood sugar, over the previous three months.
Nalivka said testing is especially important because early in the disease,
diabetes has no symptoms.
“So testing enables healthcare providers to find and treat diabetes
before complications occur, and to find and treat prediabetes, which can
delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing,” she said.
Those interested in getting screened may check in at the hospital’s
front desk anytime from 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14.
There is no charge.
Screening results will be sent directly to patients, who are then encouraged
to share them with their healthcare providers. Additionally, those who
check in for the screen will also receive information on how to prevent
and control diabetes.
Nalivka said the good news is that diabetes is easily impacted by simple
measures, such as healthy eating, exercise, making positive lifestyle
changes, and monitoring key indicators.
“So a little bit of change can go a long way,” she added.
For more information on the free A1C Diabetes Screen being offered at Humboldt
General Hospital, please call HGH Food and Nutrition Services Director
Tiffani Nalivka at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1756, or email at