DOVER -- Managing diabetes is critical to avoiding the life-threatening complications of the disease. Members of the Dover Lions Noon Club and the Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness Department have teamed up to offer a diabetic screening event that is simple as "A.B. See."

The Diabetes Screening Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 at Union Hospital. The cost is $5 per person. Appointments for the screening are available between 8 a.m. and Noon and may be made by calling the hospital's Community Relations office at 330-602-0778 during business hours.

The "A.B, See" screenings will include the Hemoglobin A1C test which measures blood glucose levels over a 2 to 3 month period. It has been called the "batting average" of blood sugar control.

A higher A1C level can indicate the patient's blood sugar control is not good and predict a higher risk of diabetes complications. Fasting prior to the A1C test is not required.

Members of the Union Hospital medical staff are donating their time to provide foot screenings. Podiatrists Andy Miller, D.P.M. and Adam Myers, D.P.M., and Jason Bakich, D.P.M., will inspect participants' feet for signs of nerve damage, a potential complication from diabetes.

Wendy Anderson, a registered dietitian, will provide nutritional information.

Blood pressure checks will also be included.

Poor management of diabetes places a person at increased risk for a number of serious, even life-threatening complications, including: Heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputation.

For questions, call 330-602-0779.