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March 22, 2001
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Free diabetes screenings at the Joslin Center March 27

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Day, the Joslin Diabetes Center will offer free diabetes screenings Tuesday, March 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Joslin Center is located in the University Health Care Center at 90 Presidential Plaza, Syracuse.

Individuals interested in having their blood tested will sign a consent form and have a small drop of blood from their finger tested for blood sugar level. While the test does not diagnose diabetes, it will indicate whether one’s blood sugar is within the target range.

Joslin Center physicians will send a letter to individuals whose blood sugar levels are outside the target range, encouraging them to contact their primary care physicians for follow-up.

“We hope people stop by and take advantage of this free service as diabetes screening can save lives,” said Ruth Weinstock, Ph.D, M.D., medical director of the Joslin Center.

More than 15 million people or 5.9 percent of the population in the United States have diabetes. While an estimated 10.3 million have been diagnosed, 5.4 million people are not aware that they have the disease. Each day approximately 2,200 people are diagnosed with diabetes. About 798,000 people will be diagnosed this year.

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