November is National Diabetes Month and the Trumbull Monroe Health District is celebrating by offering low-cost cholesterol screening and counseling on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Health District offices, 2 Corporate Drive, Suite 116, Trumbull. Fasting is required. The cost for the screening is $25, cash and check are accepted. Appointments are required; to schedule, call 203-452-5195.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 26 million people in the United States living with diabetes and 79 million have pre-diabetes.

“Diabetes is a serious disease particularly when it is left undiagnosed and untreated,” said Patrice Sulik, TMHD Director of Health. “It affects almost every part of your body and can shorten your life if not controlled. Some things you can do to prevent and control diabetes is to manage your blood sugar level, your blood pressure, and your cholesterol levels.”

The lipid profile screening offered includes total, LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels. Also, a ten year risk analysis for developing coronary heart disease will be given. Patients will receive results during a brief visit and be provided with one-on-one counseling from the public health nurse. Educational materials will be provided as well.

Here are some health precautions the Health District advises:

• Talk to your doctor about how to manage your blood sugar level, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

• Do not smoke. Do not use any other form of tobacco.

• Maintain a healthy weight.

• Make sure you are physically active.

• Take precautions to stay healthy.

• Get a flu shot.

The Health District is offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More info: 203-452-5195, tmhd.org.