Screen Sooner if You’re a Boomer

May 12th, 2017

Health Dept. & YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne teaming up to offer FREE Hepatitis C & Diabetes screening at select locations

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 12, 2017).
– Hepatitis C and diabetes are often times “silent killers” in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the greatest hepatitis C burden falls on baby boomers – those born from 1945 to 1965 – many of whom have unknowingly been living with the infection for many years.  It is believed that many baby boomers were infected via medical procedures in the years after World War II, when injection and blood transfusion technologies were not as safe as they are today. Without diagnosis and treatment, they increasingly suffer from liver cancer and other life-threatening hepatitis C-related diseases, and they may unknowingly transmit the disease to others.  In Allen County, the health department reports seeing an uptick in deaths associated with hepatitis C.

 According to 2016 data from the CDC, more than 29 million American adults have diabetes, and 25% of them don’t know it.  Diabetes complications and related conditions include heart disease, stroke, blindness and other eye problems, kidney disease, and amputations.

People who have one or more of the following risk factors should talk to their doctor about getting their blood sugar tested:

  • Being overweight.
  • Being 45 years or older.
  • Having a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week.
  • Ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds.

Race and ethnicity are also factors: African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk than whites.

Beginning on May 17, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne will be providing free clinics to the public for hepatitis C and prediabetes screening.  No appointments needed.  YMCA members and non-members welcome.  Only 20 pre-diabetes screenings will be offered at each clinic on a first come, first served basis.  There is no limit for the hepatitis C screening.

  • Parkview YMCA (10001 Dawsons Creek Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN): 
    • May 17, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Skyline YMCA (838 Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN): 
    • May 23, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Central Branch YMCA (1020 Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN): 
    • May 25, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.