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Diabetes program scheduled at MVH

| Sunday, April 4, 2004

Monongahela Valley Hospital will present a diabetes screening and informational program 8-11 a.m. April 17 in the hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center.

The event, free and open to the public, will feature foot, eyes, blood pressure and glucose screenings; information on diabetes-related products; an Ask The Diabetes Care Team booth; and refreshments.

Craig Campbell, director of the hospital's Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, said the event is designed to give participants information on the risks for diabetes and ways to manage the disease.

"Diabetes is a disease in which the body fails to produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that converts sugar, starches and other foods into energy," Campbell said. "Without insulin to break it down, sugar builds up in the blood and can cause a variety of problems like heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and problems with feet and legs."

Campbell said the American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 11 million Americans have diabetes, "but half are not aware of it." Each year, nearly a half-million new diabetics are diagnosed.

"Being more aware of the risks for diabetes is important for everyone," he said. "The goal of the April 17 program is to heighten that awareness in our community."

Campbell said key risk factors include high blood pressure, a lack of exercise, being overweight, and having a family history of diabetes.

Although the event is free, advance registration is requested at 724-258-1148.

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