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Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter to commend the Logan County Health Department and the Lincoln Park District for the time and effort they contributed to the Community Health Fair on April 1. This year we, as registered nurses and nurse practitioner students, had the privilege of working at the diabetes booth sponsored by the Logan County Health Department. We performed 200 blood glucose readings and distributed 17 glucometers. Many other high-risk individuals were identified and encouraged to seek further evaluation from their primary care providers.

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It is important to make the community aware of the many complications that can develop from uncontrolled diabetes. These complications include higher risks for heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, blindness and kidney failure. In 2002, 9.2 percent of individuals living in Logan County had a confirmed diagnosis of diabetes. This is a significant increase from 4.8 percent in 1998. This information can easily be accessed on the Illinois Department of Public Health website at http://app.idph.state.il.us/brfss/.

Thank you to Logan County for allowing us to participate in your diabetes booth and providing a much-needed service to the community.

Bonnie Coburn, R.N., and Jennifer Leigh, R.N.

(Posted Aug. 4, 2006)

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