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QMG hosting diabetes awareness event Tuesday

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Quincy Medical Group is hosting its third annual Diabetes Awareness Event on Tuesday from 5-7:30 p.m. as part of its Physician Speaker Series at the Kroc Center in Quincy.

"75 percent of the American population is now overweight," stated Dr. Sharon Harris, Endocrinologist at Quincy Medical Group, "And at least 10 percent have diabetes with an alarming rise in those numbers projected over the next forty years. A new federal report predicts that one in three American adults may have diabetes by 2050, with the number of patients projected to double or triple over the next 40 years. People who are currently twenty years old have a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes of around 35 percent," said Dr. Harris. "When type 2 diabetes is diagnosed before age 40, life expectancy is decreased by 15 years."

Along with numerous informational booths and expert advice from quality diabetes resources, including QMG physicians and drug representatives, this year the event offers a comedic highlight.

Comedians Rick Davis and Bob Kelly from the duo "Do or Diabetes" are prepared to take the stage and change the way people think about this seemingly overwhelming disease. Their aim is to help people attain a healthier lifestyle by providing insight, humor and a positive outlook to anyone affected by "The Big D".

This event is free to the public and no reservation is required to attend. For more information please contact Bethany at 217-222-6550, ext. 6456.

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