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Aventura Hospital Educates on National Diabetes Alert Day!

(Aventura – March, 2010) The American Diabetes Alert is an annual, one-day call-to-action held on the fourth Tuesday of March for people to find out if they are at risk for diabetes.  The American Diabetes Association estimates that there are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8% of the population, who have diabetes. Unfortunately, nearly one quarter of those affected are unaware that they have the disease.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is proud to once again join the efforts of the American Diabetes Association by presenting Diabetes Alert Day – a free education session Tuesday, March 23rd that includes Diabetes and vascular screenings and health education lectures.  The Outpatient Diabetes Program invites the community to learn more about the connection between Heart Disease and Diabetes and ways to prevent each from featured specialists such as Michael Braun M.D., Chief of Cardiology at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, presenting “Preventing Heart Disease and Diabetes,” Heather Katz, Certified Dietician and Clinical Nutrition Manager, presenting “Dealing With Diabetes and Your Diet,” and Gerard Myruski, Certified Personal Trainer, answering questions about exercise.  Dr. Charlton Adler will offer complimentary foot screenings and educators will be readily available to answer any healthcare questions.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.  Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy required for daily living.  If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can result in complications that affect your eyes, heart, kidneys and circulation.  Good diabetes control can help reduce your risk of complications.  Your risks, however, increase as your get older, gain too much weight, or if you do not stay active. 

Just as obtaining the best healthcare and treatment for your Diabetes, it is equally important to become educated on how to best manage Diabetes for you or your loved one.  The Diabetes Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, and can help you do both. This recognized program meets the National Standards for Excellence in diabetes education. 

The Diabetes Alert Day Fair will take place at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s Medical Arts Building, 21110 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 101, Aventura, FL.  For more information or to register, please call 1-888-256-7692.

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