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Free Diabetes Screening Offered at Aurora's Diabetes Alert Day in Two Rivers

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Two Rivers, Wis. - Aurora Health Center, 5300 Memorial Drive, in Two Rivers will offer free diabetes screenings and blood pressure checks on Tuesday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in honor of the American Diabetes Association's 21st Annual American Diabetes Alert Day.

Aurora Pharmacist Sam Vang and Certified Diabetes Educators Cathy Henrickson and Maureen Puls will be on hand to answer questions about diabetes. Pharmaceutical representatives will also be available to discuss their products for diabetes patients.

The event will take place at Aurora Pharmacy located inside Aurora Health Center in Two Rivers.

For more information about Diabetes Alert Day, call Diabetes Care at Aurora Medical Center at (920) 794-5231.

The American Diabetes Alert Day was created to generate awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and to encourage people to see if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Being overweight.
  • Inactivity.
  • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes.
  • Being age 45 years or older.
  • Having prediabetes or gestational diabetes.
  • Being African American, Hispanic, American Indian or Asian American.

One in five Americans is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Jen Strebel (920-496-6369)

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