Community News April 09, 2013

NBA Hall of Famer to Share His Diabetes Experience

NBA Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Hawks All-star Dominique Wilkins will be on the campus of Adena Health System in Chillicothe, to share his message about living with diabetes. Wilkins will address attendees of Slam Dunk Diabetes – Ross County on Tuesday, April 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, located at 446 Hospital Drive in Chillicothe, OH. The event, sponsored by novo nordisk® is free and open to the public.

Wilkins, a Type-2 diabetic, has been on a crusade since his retirement to combat the threat of diabetes in children and adults throughout the nation. The NBA’s 11th all-time leading scorer was 40 years old when he was diagnosed, and now uses his condition as a platform to tell others that it is possible to live a healthy and active life with diabetes.

Slam Dunk Diabetes – Ross County is intended to bring focus to the prevalence of diabetes in our community, and to encourage people to be tested and to manage the disease for a healthier life. Currently, 10.8 percent of Ross County residents are diabetic, 95 percent of them live with Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes left undetected or uncontrolled can cause complications such as blindness, kidney failure and loss of toes, feet and even legs. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., and a major cause of heart disease and stroke if not properly managed.

Glucose, blood pressure and body mass index screenings will be available at no cost on the day of the event. 

Learn more about diabetes care at Adena.