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Posted on: May 4, 2012

[ARCHIVED] JUVENILE DIABETES TRAINING

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services partnered with the South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators to present a free diabetes training to more than forty individuals from school districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

The training was offered to non-medical diabetes personnel, these individuals often work with children in their respective school districts who are diabetic. The training allowed individuals to become familiar with testing for high sugar, insulin, and blood pressure, among other various aspects that trigger and affect diabetics.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition caused by the body's inability to break down glucose (sugars) and store them properly. When an individual's system is unable to efficiently process glucose, it will back up in the person's bloodstream creating multiple health problems.

It is estimated that over thirty thousand individuals will be diagnosed with diabetes this year alone. Over one hundred and twenty million individuals worldwide have diabetes. It is further estimated that approximately five million individuals have diabetes that has yet to be diagnosed.

Learn more about juvenile diabetes at www.stjda.org.

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