Upstate News

March 4, 2003
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Free diabetes screenings at the Joslin Diabetes Center March 25

The Joslin Diabetes Center of SUNY Upstate Medical University will offer free diabetes screenings in recognition of Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Joslin Center is located in the University Health Care Center at 90 Presidential Plaza, Syracuse. Walk-ins are welcome. Registration is not required.

Individuals interested in having their blood tested for blood sugar level will be asked to sign a consent form. The test does not diagnose diabetes but offers an indication of 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.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It can222t be cured but can be controlled. Certain groups are especially at risk, including African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.

For more information about the free screening day, call 315-464-5726.

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