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Currently, 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, yet more than a third don't even know it. In Ohio, an estimated 830,000 individuals have diabetes, half of whom are unaware of it. Undiagnosed diabetes is a major health threat which can lead to serious complications such as heart and kidney disease. In the United States, it is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations.

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association conducts free screenings at its office, 1100 Dennison Ave., Columbus, call for an appointment to be screened. In addition, Central Ohio Diabetes Association performs screenings at a variety of locations throughout Columbus and Central Ohio each month. Please call the Central Ohio Diabetes Association office at (614) 884-4400 or 1-800-422-7946 if you have any questions or to find a screening location near you. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association screening program is made possible in part through financial assistance from Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Franklin County.

A detection screening is available to anyone 18 yrs of age and older.  It does not matter if they already have a diagnosis of diabetes.  The test consists of a form to fill out by the participant and then a finger stick blood test.  Results are given on site.  All OSHA, CLIA, HIPPA and nurse practicing laws are followed for safety, accuracy and privacy.  The test takes about two minutes per person.

This test is not a diagnosis.   It is a first step evaluation and should only be considered just that.  Blood sugar results can vary and one abnormal screening is not an indication that a person will have a diagnosis.  A diagnosis is only for a physician to assess and proper treatment will then be administered.  However, if a person does not have a diagnosis and at the time of the screening their blood sugar is extremely out of range, they will be advised to seek immediate medical attention so that they do not experience further complications or problems.

If a person does have a formal diagnosis of diabetes, this screening can be a tool to check their blood sugar if they don’t have a monitor to do home testing.  Many times a person may just check their blood sugar because they are not feeling well at the time.  
Central Ohio Diabetes Association offers blood-sugar screenings to help determine if a person has undetected diabetes.

The screening takes just one minute and requires only a drop of blood. Anyone age 25 or more should be checked for diabetes, particularly if among high-risk groups such as certain minorities (African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Appalachians), people who are overweight or those with a family history of diabetes. In addition, the risk for diabetes increases as a person ages.

Detection Volunteer Training Offered Every Month

Are you interested in helping people by making a difference in their lives?   
Then the Central Ohio Diabetes Association Detection Volunteer Program may be right for you. 

A detection screening can prove to be a valuable first step to the early treatment of diabetes.  Screenings are also a vital way to create awareness of diabetes and help educate the public on the devastating complications of untreated high blood sugar.  

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association provides free diabetes detection screenings at various events throughout the year and it is through the efforts of many volunteers that were are able to test a significant number of people. 

The number of people we screen at an event varies from very small to hundreds, with every person being given valuable information about their current health.

As a volunteer, you will serve as the public face of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association at each event you participate in

Attending a training is one of the first steps in becoming a Detection Volunteer for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. For more information call 614-884-4400 

For those volunteers looking for the next opportunity to participate in - Please follow the link below. 

Please sign up at:  http://www.signupgenius.com

Go to “Find A Sign Up” and search under: volunteer@diabetesohio.org

Are you interested in helping people by making a difference in their lives? 
Diabetes Info


Diabetes sometimes called “sugar” is dangerous when it is undetected or ignored. It causes blood sugars to rise to toxic levels which damage vital organs over time. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause blindness, stroke, heart disease kidney failure, nerve and blood vessel damage.


Are you overweight by at least 20 pounds?

Do you exercise less than twice a week?

Are you over 44 or (over 30 if a member of a minority group)?

Are you related to someone with diabetes?

Are you African American, Latino, Asian or Native American?

Are you a smoker or do you use tobacco products?


D  Drowsy or frequently tired

I   Increased thirst and urination

A  An unexplained weight loss

B  Blurred vision

E   Excessive hunger

T  Tingling and numbness

E  Elevated blood sugar level

S   Sexual response problems/slow healing wounds

Your results having (Consumed food or beverage within the last 8 hours of testing your blood sugar)


69 or under (Too Low)

Eat a healthy snack


70-139 (Normal)

If you are over 44 with risk factors, get tested again in one year.

Minority group members with risk factors need testing at age 30. 


140-199 (Caution)

See a doctor for further testing within 30 days.

Above normal results increase your risk for future diabetes, heart and blood vessel damage.

Weight loss, regular physical activity and eating healthy foods can help avoid or delay these problems.


200 or higher (Urgent)

You may need testing by a doctor right away

You may need to go to the Emergency Room

In time, high blood sugars will ruin your health and your life

Near normal blood sugars help you avoid or delay diabetes problems

Your results with (No food or drink consumed in the last 8 hours prior to testing your blood sugar)


69 or under (Too Low)


70-99 (Normal)


100-125 (Caution)


126 or higher (Urgent)

Upcoming Detection Events

Diabetes Screening  - April 2, 2016 - Westerville South High School; 303 South Otterbein Ave, Westerville, OH 43081 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Diabetes Screening  - April 2, 2016 - Westerville South High School; 303 South Otterbein Ave, Westerville, OH 43081 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.