Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in our country, as an estimated 57 million Americans could develop the potentially dangerous illness if they don't change their lifestyles. That's according to the American Diabetes Association.
To combat this problem, pharmacists with Heath Mart associated pharmacies are promoting free health screenings. This week, a mobile testing center made it's way across the Lower Arkansas Valley making stops in Pueblo and Canon City.
The quick test checks blood pressure and sugar levels, as well as other factors that let the patient know how at risk they are for developing diabetes.
Health Mart Pharmacists say, knowing your risk factor is something everyone should look into. "Events like these really help to mitigate the problem. I think it's really a worthwhile endeavor," says Stan Hren, Pharmacist with Blende Drugs in Pueblo County.
The Health Mart Healthy Living Tour wraps us it's Colorado tour Friday in Eads, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.