Diabetes Alert Day calls attention to serious health risk

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day, but it does not mean people need to be alarmed.

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is on the front lines of the fight against the blood sugar disease.

In continuing studies, the scientists are attacking the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in America.

Pennington assistant professor Daniel Hsia says Diabetes Alert Day is for everyone.

"Talk about 20 million or so Americans have diabetes, you're talking about 80 million with pre-diabetes in this country," said Hsia. "And for the most part, most of those people don't know that they are at risk. And so, again, this is a time, a day to think about health and to get screened for diabetes."

Anyone can get a diabetes screen at a local parish health unit or as part of a physical checkup with a doctor.

Pennington also recommends a healthy diet and exercise.

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