Free Diabetes Health Screenings Available This Sunday

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Diabetes screenings can help those at risk avoid complications of the disease.

Diabetes — especially obesity-linked diabetes — is on the rise in Los Angeles County. Public health officials say about one in seven Angelenos have the disease. The rates are especially high among Latinos and African Americans.

If you haven’t already been screened for diabetes, you can get a free test Sunday.

The American Diabetes Association is offering free exams for diabetes at its annual heath fair at Historic Olvera Street Plaza. Spokesman Franco Reyna says that if you know early enough, you can avoid a lot of suffering.

"The individuals that are at risk for diabetes or who have diabetes," says Reyna, "it’s important that they know that for prevention of those complications we hear about every day: loss of feet, loss of kidneys, loss of vision."

Reyna says the 22nd annual Feria de Salud health fair is designed for Latinos, but everyone’s invited to get head-to-toe health checks and flu shots.

The family event, which includes entertainment, runs from 10 am to 3pm, Sunday, Nov. 7. It's in front of Union Station, about a block from L.A. City Hall.

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