Free monthly health screenings make Texoma healthier place

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

DENISON, TX - Finding out you have a disease like diabetes can be life-changing. But a simple test could let you know if you're at risk and even prevent you from developing the disease. That's the idea behind Thursday’s free screenings at TMC.

Dozens of people came by Texoma Medical Center Thursday afternoon for a free diabetes screening and seminar. Stan Simmons was one of them.

"Knowing that I had high blood sugar I just wanted to check it out and see what it was for sure,” said Stan.

Simmons said he was relieved to find his results were good and he wasn’t at risk for pre-diabetes. But three years ago, at a different cardiovascular screening, he received bad news. It turned out he had blockage in his carotid artery.

"Something I had no idea that I had, no symptoms, nothing, it was just that screening that I did. And they said you better check with your doctor and two weeks later I had the operation on my neck,” said Simmons.

His story is just one example of how regular check-ups staying informed on your health are important, and could even save your life.

"A lot of people don't want to go to the doctor unless they feel bad, and high blood pressure and diabetes are the two big diseases that can cause lots of problems without feeling bad and so that's why it's important to get regular check-ups," explained TMC endocrinologist Dr. Bryan Kahl.

So to help educate people on various medical issues, every month TMC hosts free screenings and seminars to inform people about potential health risks. Thursday the focus was on diabetes.

"It's one of the few diseases that the patient really has more control of than the doctors or the medications that we give them so the key is education,” said Dr. Kahl.

All it takes is a quick stick, and then in about 60 seconds they'll have the results of a glucose test and can tell attendees what their blood sugar level is. Dr. Kahl says healthy blood sugar should fluctuate between 80 and 160, being higher if you just ate before the test.

"Anytime that you have a free screening, anybody should take advantage of it, no matter who you are, it just makes for better down the road operations,” said Simmons.

If you missed the free diabetes screening on Thursday, TMC will hold another one March 25th, 2010, from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. And it will also include additional, more extensive glucose testing for a $5 fee.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    yes yes!!!!! the very idea of NAIS is a direct threat to life in a free world. do not let it get passed and if it does you had better bear arms and fight back. your grandchildren will thank you. as for the actual article here-quit window shopping at wally world and buying crap just because it's cheap. sodas aren't food, meat with nitrates in it isn't food, anything with sugar (cept natural sugars such as in fruit) is not food. stop eating things that aren't food and go walk around in the world every once in a while. and i daresay maybe use some natural herbs if you feeling a little stressed or down. you'll be alright and be much healthier for it. gardening in itself is a wonderful stress reliever as well as a great recharge for the soul! (but do the right thing and plant HEIRLOOM seeds). eff Monsanto.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    holy shimoli!!! someone posted something smart on here!!! RIGHT ON! plant heirloom varieties, this is of upmost importance to yours and your childrens future. don't use the terminator seeds they sell at all the big chains. eat natural foods grown naturally, drink milk straight from the udder of the beast (yeah i know, it's sooo gross...get real, you live in a bubble, people have been drinking raw milk for thousands of years, only drinking pastuerized for about 100). and for heaven's sake educate yourself and fight against the National Animal Identification System!
  • by doom'ngloom on Mar 4, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    Give me a break, nothing is FREE, someone is paying for it that has insurance. In my opinion they are scanning for man made illnesses in order to sell drugs. That's just my right (or left) and you'll be alright. Buy non genetically modified seeds and plant your gardens now before they are all gone!!!
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