San Antonio health report: Teen pregnancy drops, diabetes persists

Metro Health releases 2012 report

San Antonio Metro Health released its annual 2012 report. There is good and bad news for the city. 

The report stated teen pregnancy rates have plunged to the lowest levels ever.

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This is all thanks to access to more effective methods of contraception and science based instruction on sexuality in some middle schools and high schools.

Metro Health’s oral health programs provided services valued at close to $2 million. The money went towards preventing dental disease and reducing oral health disparities between racial and ethnic groups.

However, there are areas of concern. 14 percent of the local population is diabetic and Bexar County has rates of serious diabetic complications, almost four times the U.S. rates.

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Metro Health is trying to reverse those numbers by reaching hundreds of diabetics through self-management, nutrition and fitness workshops held at community centers and churches.

The report stated Syphilis rates are the highest among adults. Metro Health staff are focusing on going into areas highly affected by Syphilis and providing on site testing and counseling.

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The report is released as part of the National Public Health Week Initiative.

It’s happening in communities all across the nation to promote the value of prevention to our lives, pocketbooks and futures. National Public Health Week runs from April 1-7.


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