A free health screening is available to hundreds of San Antonio area residents who fear they may be at risk of having diabetes but have not ever been tested as part of National Diabetes Alert Day.
The screenings are only part of the takeaways from the event, which will run Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Texas Diabetes Institute at 701 South Zarzamora.
There will be cooking demonstrations for those hoping to change their eating habits, as well as giveaways and expert advice on general health.
The Alert Day is targeted toward people like Thomas Fagan, who just last year learned that he had been living with a significant blood sugar count in the 500s.
Anything over 115 is considered a red flag for the disease, which has been diagnosed in about 14 percent of San Antonio’s population. That’s twice the national average.
But an estimated 68,000 folks like Fagan live with this silent killer without even knowing it, oftentimes until it is too late.
Fagan said, “If I had stayed like that, I was going to lose my vision, my hearing and my feet would fall off.”
He also ran the risk of kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.
In the nine months since his diagnosis, Fagan’s weight has dropped from 282 pounds to 248.
The 59-year-old admits he still has a few to go, but is now being treated and monitored at the University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute.
Dr. Eugenio Cersosimo, a diabetes specialist and endocrinologist with the institute, says, “If you don't know and you want to know if you have diabetes or not, we will check your sugar. A random sugar will give us a pretty good indication as to whether you are on your way to having diabetes or whether you don't."
Tuesday’s screening will offer free cholesterol, glucose, BMI, blood pressure and foot health screenings.
As well, experts will be on hand to offer help to quit smoking, diabetes education, free heart health and stroke online assessments, cooking demonstrations and recipes, as well as digital mammograms.
For more information or to preregister, visit healthyUexpress.com or call 358-3720.