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Jones County Health Department Now Offering High Blood Pressure and Diabetes Services


Jones County Health Department is proud to announce that it will now be offering hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes services. These new services focus on screening, treatment and prevention of hypertension and non-insulin dependent diabetes. Services for those living with hypertension and diabetes include physical examinations, bloodwork and dietary consultation.

Anyone interested in taking advantage of the new services is encouraged to make an appointment by calling the Jones County Health Department at (478) 986-3164. Services are available to everyone. Uninsured or underinsured clients can receive care on an income-based sliding scale. For more information, including a full list of accepted insurances, visit

“More Georgians die from heart disease than from any other cause,” said Jones County Health Department Nurse Manager Sherry Bryant. “These deaths can be decreased through awareness, education, early detection and effective treatment. We want to help our community fight against high blood pressure and diabetes through these new services.”

High blood pressure affects a third of the population. A family history of hypertension, being overweight, lack of exercise, age, gender and race are all factors that could put you at risk for developing high blood pressure. This “silent killer” does not cause obvious symptoms, but causes damage to arteries and the heart. High blood pressure can also lead to kidney disease, strokes, heart attacks and other complications.

Type 2 diabetes can develop when the body does not use insulin properly. This causes the glucose in the body to build up in your blood instead of going to your cells. High blood sugar can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart. There is no cure for diabetes or hypertension, but both conditions can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes.

Some risk factors involved in the development of high blood pressure or diabetes are out of your control, like family history. However, you can take steps in your daily life to decrease your risk or gain better control of these diseases. Limiting alcohol, monitoring your diet, managing your weight and regular exercise can help reduce your risk for hypertension and diabetes. It is important for everyone to have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis to know if it is in a healthy range or if they should seek treatment.

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