Deadly epidemic of diabetes is topic of free seminar on Monday, Feb. 21 sponsored by UTHSCT

Friday, February 18, 2011

If current trends continue, one in three of us will develop diabetes during our lifetime. And people with diabetes lose, on average, 10 to 15 years of their lives.

To learn how to avoid becoming one of these statistics, come to “Diabetes: A Deadly American Epidemic,” a free seminar from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Tyler Senior Citizens Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road in Tyler. The seminar is sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 24 million Americans have diabetes, and one in four doesn’t know that he or she has it. In addition, many people don’t realize they are at risk for developing diabetes.

At the free seminar, Monte Smith, DO, will discuss the basics of diabetes, its symptoms, risk factors, and most effective treatments. Dr. Smith, who is board certified in internal medicine, will explain what it means if you are pre-diabetic and outline how to keep from developing diabetes.

Free blood sugar and cholesterol screenings will be offered after the seminar.

The health education seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (903) 877-7147.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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