ontent/uploads/2012/05/EOD-Collage-500x500.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="450" />
Our on-diabetes-campaign-helps-veterans-in-need-access-care-on-memorial-day/" target="_blank">Memorial Day blog post provided a glimpse into the third on-diabetes-campaign-launches-228911.aspx" target="_blank">VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign event of the year as Sacramento area military veterans in need received free health services, including comprehensive eye exams from local VSP optometrists onboard SeeLia the VSP mobile clinic, glasses and health risk assessments for diabetes and high blood pressure. During the event, a total of 51 patients were identified as being at-risk for diabetes.
The VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign focus is to increase awareness and understanding of the connection between eyecare and a person’s general health. Diabetes can be detected through an annual eye exam and regular eye exams are an important and cost-effective measure in managing the impact of diabetes.
One advocate who is aiming to raise awareness of the detection and management of diabetes has familiar ties with hoops and hardwood in Sacramento, and may not necessarily be someone that comes to mind with the topic of diabetes. However, while he dons the colors purple, silver and black and competes against the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant during his full-time job, he is also passionate about raising diabetes awareness and serves as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
We caught up with Sacramento Kings star and American Diabetes Association ambassador Tyreke Evans to get his thoughts on this serious health condition:
ong>Q: Why is raising diabetes awareness important to you?ong>
"Diabetes is a common
, serious health con
and it has no discrimination
. Type 2 diabetes has person
ally impacted my family. For starters, my grandmother has diabetes, alon
g with my mom and my Aunt Ann. We also lost two family members years ago from the disease, my mom's brother Glenn and her baby sister Linda. So that's why it's extremely important for all of our family members to watch their everyday diet and stay active.
It's also important for us to make certain that our vision is getting checked regularly, especially because of how diabetes runs in our family and has had a huge effect on most of our family members. We hope this condition will begin to dwindle away and not have a great impact on our younger generation in future years to come."
ong>Q: Why is the VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign important?
"A lot of people don
't know that diabetes can be detected by their eye doctor through an eye exam. The earlier that signs of diabetes are discovered, the more likely your vision
will be okay. The Eye on
Diabetes campaign helps to raise that awareness. It's important for everyon
e to receive an annual eye exam."
on-diabetes-day/" target="_blank">Good Day Sacramento highlights "VSP Eye on Diabetes Day" in Sacramento
FOX40 Live provides insight on
"VSP Eye on
Diabetes Day" in Sacramento
News10 (ABC) interviews VSP partner Dr. Darryl Hunter, founder of Sacramento Community Veterans Alliance as he discusses the connection between diabetes and Agent Orange
ontent/uploads/2012/05/Tyreke-Collage-500x500.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="450" />