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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood.

The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated).

Scheduled Screening Events

  • August 5 - Northrich Baptist Church (1101 Custer Road, Richardson, TX 75080) from 10 am- 2 pm COMPLETED- organized by the Richardson Midday Lions Club

  • August 17 - In partnership with Salvation Army

  • August 26 - In partnership with The Stewpot Dallas (1835 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201)

  • September 2 - In partnership with the Royse City Lions Club

  • September 9 - In partnership with the Dallas North Indo Centennial Lions Club.

  • September 23 - In partnership with the Plano Early Lions Club.

  • September 30- In partnership with the Duncanville Noon Lions Club

  • October 7- In partnership with the Texas Centennial Celebrations at Warren United Methodist Church (2801 Peabody Ave., Dallas, TX 75215- about 7 blocks southwest of Fair Park)

  • October 14 - In partnership with the Dallas South Lions Club

  • October 21- In partnership with the Coppell Lions Club at St. Luke Catholic Church in the Parish Hall (202 South MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75060)

  • October 28- In partnership with the Primary Care Clinic at The Concilio from 8 am to 2 pm

  • November 4 - In partnership with the Dallas Ace Lions Club

  • November 11 - In partnership with the Dallas Indian Lions Club

  • November 18 - In partnership with the Richardson Host Lions Club