On Sept. 17, the streets surrounding Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be awash in red shirts.
The American Diabetes Association is hosting the 2016 Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Sept. 17 on the SIUE campus. Hundreds of community members will gather with a unified mission: to stop the disease that – according to the National Institute of Health – kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
“The most common long-term complication of diabetes is cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack, chest pain, stroke, and even death,” said Dr. Wonil Tae (left), endocrinologist at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center. “People with type two diabetes have twice the risk of heart disease as those without diabetes.”
Just this past year, contributions from the walk helped the Association fund 400 researchers advancing prevention and reducing complications from the disease. It also made it possible for 6,500 children to attend diabetes summer camps, among other things.
To learn more about how you can help in the fight to stop diabetes with this year’s Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, call Brooke Underwood at (314) 822-5490, extension 6824. To make an appointment with Endocrinologist Dr. Wonil Tae, call OSF Saint Anthony’s Physician Group at (618) 462-2222.