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MedAire to Debut In-booth Diabetes Screening at NBAA BACE 2016

Nov 01, 2016
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After decades of providing cholesterol screenings to attendees at NBAA’s BACE convention, MedAire is updating their tests to screen for diabetes and sun damage to the skin. MedAire is committed to using the newest technology to provide the best care to members, and combining our expertise and equipment to educate them about risk factors they may face.    

“While cholesterol is still a major concern we see in flight departments, the growth rate of diabetes is alarming. As medical and travel health experts, we wanted to shed light on this problem at BACE.” Said Dr. David Streitwieser, Medical Director MedAire’s MedLink.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.3% of the U.S. population has diabetes and each year over 1 million more Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.

MedAire will be administering the Hemoglobin A1c test at their booth. The test measures the percentage of glucose in a person’s blood, providing an average of blood sugar levels over the previous three months. The test does not require fasting, and the results can be used as an indicator to suggest further testing and discussion with a primary care physician.

In addition to screening for diabetes, MedAire’s MedLink doctors and nurses will be screening for sun damage, as flight crews are exposed to high levels of UV light while traveling at altitude. A UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion study found the amount of exposure for a 56.6 minute flight at 30,000 feet is equal to the amount of UV radiation from a 20 minute session in a tanning bed.

Understanding the risks and exposure behind these tests allow attendees to take precautions and make behavioral changes to improve their health.

Visit us for your screening at Booth 957 at NBAA BACE 2016 in Orlando, Florida November 1-3.

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