PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Healthy players on the pitch and healthy fans in the stands.
The Steelers have teamed up with area health officials to ensure the Black and Gold nation is protected against all illnesses, including diabetes.
As fast as you can say “Go Steelers,” fans of today’s game can be screened for diabetes.
“It’s simple. It’s a finger,” said Nick Vizzoca, president of the Center for Healthcare Solutions. “We check their A1C levels, on the spot. We give them the information and they’re good to go.”
So before we focus on TJ Watt’s return to the field or Kenny Pickett’s continued quest for his first NFL victory, the Western Pennsylvania Board of Health hopes people will take a second to focus. on their health.
“They feel fine, and a lot of people with diabetes feel fine. And don’t realize they have it,” Vizzoca added.
In Pennsylvania alone, experts estimate that about 300,000 people have the disease and don’t even know it.
To show you how easy screening is, KDKA’s Chris DeRose took a quick scan.
First, the paperwork.
“I feel like I’m about to get my nails done,” DeRose said.
Then the sting.
“It wasn’t too bad.”
A few minutes later, the results.
“82 is a very good number! So you have a low risk of diabetes! »
“Hopefully we don’t find anyone with diabetes, but if someone does, we’ll take the necessary steps to make sure they get the care they need,” Vizzoca said.
Giant Eagle pharmacists were also on hand before the game to administer flu and covid-19 shots.