Originally created 03/12/06

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WHAT IS IT: Diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce the proper amount of insulin, the hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy.

CAUSE: The exact cause of diabetes is a mystery, but many factors seem to play a role, including genetics, obesity and a lack of exercise.

SYMPTOMS: Some diabetes symptoms include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision.

DIAGNOSIS: Doctors use certain tests, either the fasting plasma glucose test or an oral glucose tolerance test, to diagnose the disease.

RISKS: If diabetes goes untreated, there's a whole list of health risks, including heart disease, blindness, nerve damage, kidney damage and skin problems.

Source: American Diabetes Association



Musical: The Aquinas High School Drama Club will perform the musical Annie at 2 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets cost $15 for horseshoe seating, $10 for regular seating and $5 for students with an ID. Call 736-5516 for more information.

COMEDY CONCERT: The Augusta Symphony will present The Classical Clown with Dan Kamin at 3 p.m. at the Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. The Suzuki Strings of Augusta will perform at 2:15 p.m. Tickets cost $6 per person and $20 for a family of four. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 826-4705.

PIANIST AT CHURCH: Pianist Susan Zhang will perform at 4 p.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way, as part of the Reid Memorial arts series. A reception will follow the free recital. Call 733-2275 for more information.


CAREER FAIR: Medical College of Georgia Health System will hold a Career Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Terrace Dining at the MCG Medical Center, 1120 15th St. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 721-3921 or visit www.MCGHealth.org/Career.

ART EXHIBIT: An art exhibit by Ray Davenport will continue through March 30 in the lower gallery of the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Admission is free. The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call (803) 641-3305 for more information.


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