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March 24, 2006

National Diabetes Alert Day

Diabetes is devastating, and it impacts every segment of our society. It is the leading cause of new blindness, end-stage renal disease, and nontraumatic amputations. But it can progress for years without noticeable symptoms — it’s a silent killer.

The American Diabetes Association is sponsoring National Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 28, to teach people about the health problems caused by diabetes and the risk factors associated with the disease.

In conjunction with National Diabetes Alert Day, the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute will offer free diabetes risk assessments and consultations with certified diabetes educators at several locations. Participants will learn if they are at risk for diabetes and gain a better understanding of the disease.

For more information about National Diabetes Alert Day activities, call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) or visit http://diabetesinstitute.upmc.com.

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