The top three causes of death in Beaver County are cardiovascular disease, diseases of the heart, and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that adults with diabetes are 3.2 times more likely than those without diabetes to have a history of coronary artery disease, 2.9 times more likely to have a stroke, and 1.9 times more likely to have another heart condition (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003). Diabetes afflicts 25.8 million people in the United States, which is 8.3% of the population, 10.9 million (26.9%) are 65 years or older in 2010 (CDC, National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011: Fast facts on diabetes). “The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes is about seven times as high among adults aged 65 years or older as among those aged 20-44 years” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes Report Card 2012, p. 1).
Diabetes increases the risk of kidney failures, heart disease, depression, blindness, and lower limb amputations (CDC, National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011: Fast facts on diabetes; Gary-Webb, Baptiste-Roberts, Pham, et al., 2011). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Comprehensive foot care programs can reduce diabetic food amputations between 45-85%. Med-Fast Pharmacy offers to Highmark Security Blue and Medicare Patients, a 5 week no out of pocket expenses Diabetes Education and Wellness Program, and FREE Diabetic footwear by Dr. Comfort. We also offer a 2hour Diabetes Basic Skills Class for $30.00. Start Today! Call: 724-561-7342.