November is National American Diabetes Month, and White Memorial Medical Center is hosting two free Diabetes prevention and education events, aimed at stemming the alarming increase in the number of people contracting the disease.
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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are 79 million people that have pre-Diabetes and don’t know it, said White Memorial in a press release announcing the two upcoming events, which will both be held at the hospital located at 1720 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, (Boyle Heights) CA 90033.
White Memorial points to recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that paint a desperate situation of where we are at, and where we are headed, and says urgency is needed in dealing with the growing “epidemic”:
— Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
— Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
— Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
— 1 in 4 Latinos in the East Los Angeles community has diabetes.
The first event will take place on Monday, Nov.14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community members can find out if they are at risk for Diabetes by taking a free glucose test, and attend a free lecture by the Endocrinologist from the “Biggest Loser,” Dr.Christian Gastelum, who will speak on Diabetes care and prevention.
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the hospital will host “Ask the Diabetes Expert,” where participants can ask any questions related to diabetes. It’s open to all and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Restaurant at White Memorial Medical Center. For more information, call The White Memorial Medical Center East Los Angeles Center for Diabetes at (323) 307-8921.