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Health services hosts diabetes awareness day

(March 22, 2005)--UTSA Student Health Services hosts Diabetes Alert Day from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 23 at the 1604 Campus University Center second-floor atrium. The event is free and open to the UTSA community.

Free blood glucose screenings by Gonzaba Medical Group and educational information will be provided. For more accurate test results, drink only water and fast 8 hours prior to the screening.

The goal of the information fair is to raise awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and to offer an opportunity for people to assess their risk.

Diabetes is a condition in which your body cannot properly process sugar (or blood glucose). Complications of uncontrolled diabetes include blindness and loss of limbs.

The risk of developing diabetes increases as your get older, gain too much weight or if you do not stay active. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Someone can be diabetic and not know it.

Take an online Diabetes Risk Test.

For more information, contact Kathy Ceresoli or Cassity Calhoun with Student Health Services at (210) 458-6428.

--Bronwyn Wingo

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