File: Natalia Toledo, 11, left, and her cousin Shayla Toledo, 7, both of Boston, talk with Boston Celtics player Walter McCarty inside a model heart, part of the "Step into Heart Health" exhibit at the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Expo, Saturday, March 27, 2004, in Boston.
People will be able to find out Saturday whether they have diabetes, or are at risk for it, at a free health expo in downtown L.A. It focuses on diabetes prevention and education.
The American Diabetes Association is offering free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during its Diabetes Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Throughout L.A. County, diabetes is on the rise. More than 1 million people in the county suffer from the disease, many others are pre-diabetic and still others are unaware they even have the disease.
The American Diabetes Association says you can take steps to manage diabetes and lower the risk of deadly complications, but early diagnosis and treatment is critical to control it.
In addition to the free health screenings, the Diabetes Expo showcases health cooking demonstrations, 100 exhibitors and talks by health experts on how to prevent and control diabetes. The expo is free to the public.
For more information about diabetes or the Expo, visit Diabetes.org/LAexpo or call 1-888-DIABETES (1-323-966-2890 x7502).