Diabetes affects more than 26 million American adults and children.
A local pharmacy is promoting awareness of the disease by offering a free clinic.
The Rite Aid in Barbourville set up a clinic to help diabetes patients and their caregivers.
They also want to promote awareness to anyone who thinks they may have it.
“It's important to know what the disease looks like and what some of the problems are that there are entailed by the disease,” Tim Lasley said.
One of the first signs of diabetes is a feeling of weakness during the day often around the time you would typically need to eat.
Diabetes is treated with medications taken by mouth, and the most extensive treatment is insulin injections.
“It's a miserable life to have to stick yourself with a needle everyday and all that. Then worrying how long you're going to live,” Leonard Jones said.
Type One Diabetes is something you're born with, where the body simply doesn't produce enough insulin.
Type two develops later on in life as an adult.
Pharmacists remind people to see their physician if they have any concerns.
The clinic in Barbourville was one of five Tuesday.
There are more being offered on Thursday at Rite Aid locations in Lexington, Monticello and Somerset.
They are from two until six p-m.
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