The new city hall is illuminated in blue this week to raise awareness of a condition that afflicts over 9,000 residents of Madison County.
Berea Mayor Steve Connelly signed a proclamation Tuesday night designating November 14, 2017 as World Diabetes Day. The measure was a joint proclamation also endorsed by Madison County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor and Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes.
The proclamation notes that diabetes is a serious disease with no cure, however, it can be rendered manageable with timely diagnosis and treatment. The disease affects 422 million people worldwide, including 30.2 million U.S. citizens, 490,000 Kentuckians, and more than 9,000 people in Madison County.
The measure further states that many people are afflicted with the condition but don’t even know it. The risk of death among people with diabetes is twice that of people of a similar age.
In proclaiming World Diabetes Day, the three local governments are encouraging local residents to learn more about the risks of diabetes, and to get screened and treated for the affliction.
Speaking on behalf of the Madison County Diabetes Coalition, Dr. Melanie Adams Johnson noted that diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in Kentucky. One of the missions of the coalition is to provide public health and education, and to provide resources for screening, follow-up services, and on-going care coordination and disease management.
With that in mind, the coalition will be recognizing Madison County Diabetes Day this Saturday Nov. 11, at the First Christian Church in Richmond at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Between 20 and 30 health care providers will be present, along with service organizations that are directly involved with diabetes awareness and treatment. Screening and health services will be provided at no charge. Citizens with questions about Saturday’s event can contact Johnson at (859)582-2116.