Almost 24 million people in the United States have diabetes, and one in four doesn't know it. Yet, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, as well as a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

Learn how to reduce your risk for this serious disease at "Diabetes: A Deadly American Epidemic," a free health education seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Academic Center Amphitheater on the campus of UT Health Northeast, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 271 and Texas Highway 155.

Dr. Christina Bratcher will explain what diabetes is and how to avoid it. She is an endocrinologist, a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating hormone imbalances that occur in diseases such as diabetes.

This is the second session of " The Lecture Series," six free seminars on vital health topics that continue through May 2014. At the website,, UT Health physicians and medical professionals answer questions on topics like acid reflux, arthritis, pulmonary disease, shingles, and other diseases.

The topics and dates of the four remaining seminars are: bladder problems, Jan. 28; heart attack, Feb. 25; hormone replacement therapy, March 25; and sleep problems, May 13.

The Nov. 13 seminar is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, call 903-877-7147.


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