March 27 program to discuss diabetes from two perspectives

Diabetes is becoming a national epidemic and continues to grow at an alarming rate. To date, 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, while 7 million have diabetes and don't know it. Seventy-nine million people in the U.S. have pre-diabetes.

On Diabetes Alert Day, March 27, join Health Matters and the Centre County nonprofit group, People Centre’d on Diabetes, for a unique program that discusses diabetes from two different perspectives. One speaker is a healthcare provider who works with people who have diabetes; she will discuss the signs and symptoms of the disease, the importance of early detection, and community resources available to help manage diabetes.

The other speaker is a person who has been personally affected the disease, and will talk about how diabetes impacts everyday life.

All participants will be given the opportunity to take a Diabetes Risk Test, and participants at the UP campus who score high on the test may also participate in a free A1C screening, which measures average blood sugar over the past 2-3 months. The A1C is performed via finger stick, and all results are confidential.

This free class meets from noon to 1 p.m. on March 27 in Room 519 of the Elliot Building on the University Park campus. The program also will be broadcast simultaneously via Adobe connect. To register, go to

Last Updated March 20, 2012