Dangers of metabolic syndrome to be outlined at free Nov. 20 seminar sponsored by UT Physicians of Gladewater

Thursday, November 12, 2009

GLADEWATER – It’s common knowledge that if you have high blood sugar, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure you are at risk for many chronic diseases.

But if you have all three – a condition known as metabolic syndrome – you may be two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

Find out what your risks are at “Metabolic Syndrome: An Alarming Threat,” a free education seminar sponsored by UT Physicians of Gladewater to be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Gardens of Gladewater Community Building, 108 Lee St. in Gladewater.

UTP is a physician practice associated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Wyn Andrews, MD, will discuss this condition that affects more than 68 million Americans.

Dr. Andrews, who is board certified in family medicine, will explain why the combination of high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a large waistline can be hazardous to your health.

He also will describe steps you can take to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings will be offered beginning at 10 a.m., along with free refreshments.

The seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (903) 845-4398.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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