Health services offers free diabetes testing
By Kareem el Dahab
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
(March 20, 2006)--UTSA Student Health Services will offer free diabetes testing and blood glucose screening for Diabetes Alert Days on March 22-23.
The free screenings are set for 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, March 22 in the University Center second floor east wing on the 1604 Campus, and 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, March 23 at the Frio Street Building commons on the Downtown Campus.
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Diabetes and Glandular Research Associates representatives also will perform free glucose screenings at the events.
For best blood glucose results, fast for at least 8 hours before testing. Results will be given immediately. Costco will provide free healthy snacks.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, according to the American Diabetes Association. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
In America, 20.8 million people -- 7 percent of the population -- have diabetes. While 14.6 million people are diagnosed, another 6.2 million people remain undiagnosed.
Despite popular belief, eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors; however, being overweight does increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
For more information, contact Kathy Ceresoli, Student Health Services, at (210) 458-4142.