Diabetes presentation well attended

Elva Morado educates community members about diabetes at STC Starr County Campus Library.

In October, Elva Yolanda Morado, agent for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, was invited to South Texas College’s Starr County Campus to present an introduction to “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes.” The introduction was the first of a series of six classes offered in Spanish and English to educate community members about diabetes.

During the presentation, she explained how more than 40 million Americans have diabetes and are not aware of it.

“Starr county has one of the highest incidents of diabetes in the nation; research has shown that seven out 10 people in Starr County is or are directly related to a diabetic,” said Morado.

She also discussed the different symptoms of diabetes and pointers on how to manage the disease. She pointed out that, “controlling carbohydrates is the key to good management, along with testing your glucose, exercise and taking the medication as prescribed.”

Local Starr County residents, as well as students, were present during the presentation with more presentations are being planned for the future.

For more information on future presentations contact Gary D Ford at 956-488-5825 or via e-mail at gdford@southtexascollege.edu.

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