Join the Texas Diabetes Institute for Diabetes Alert Day March 28
The prevalence of diabetes in Bexar County is more than 50% higher than the national average – 16% compared to 10% nationally – and many people are unaware that they have diabetes until serious complications develop. For Diabetes Alert Day, University Health is hosting a free event at the Texas Diabetes Institute where anyone can learn their blood sugar level and get healthy diet tips.
The community event will begin with a free prediabetes class, followed by a question and answer session with a physician specializing in diabetes care and treatment. Dietitians will prepare healthy snacks to show how a healthy diet can be both tasty and nutritious.
The Diabetes Alert Day event at the Texas Diabetes Institute, 701 S. Zarzamora, runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28. Activities are free and complimentary parking is available on site.
In 2020, Oswaldo Gonzalez was being evaluated for other health problems when he was surprised to learn through an A1C level test that his blood sugar level was high. In addition, his weight had surged to 340 lbs. He knew it was time to make changes to reverse these numbers. That’s when Gonzalez began working with Carlie Hill, a dietitian and certified diabetes health educator at the Texas Diabetes Institute.
“Carlie took me by the hand to the gym to sign up. She has taught me how to eat and how to cook healthier meals for my family,” said Gonzalez, “University Health saved my life!”
Gonzalez deserves the credit. He made the lifestyle changes that so far have led to him shedding more than 60 pounds and he’s setting the example of a healthier life for his family.
“It is important for people with prediabetes and diabetes to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Small choices often lead to big results. For example, avoiding sugar sweetened beverages, such as soda, juice, sweet tea or Gatorade can dramatically reduce your blood sugar and facilitate weight loss,” said Hill.
“I want my kids to see me overcoming obesity,” said Gonzalez, a father of five.
Gonzalez and Hill will be available at 9:30 a.m. for interviews at the Texas Diabetes Institute during the Diabetes Alert Day event. Spanish interviews will be available.
For more information about diabetic care at University Health, go to our website at universityhealth.com/diabetes.