GRCC hosts ‘Diabesity’lecture

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Oct. 9, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan State University educator will explore the link between diabetes and obesity in a free lecture at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi, associate professor of medicine and chief of the endocrinology division at MSU's College of Human Medicine, will discuss "Diabesity: the Unabated Epidemic of Diabetes and Obesity" at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Calkins Science Center auditorium, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE. His presentation is free but RSVPs are requested here or by calling (616) 234-2667.

GRCC biology professor Paul Krieger, who helped organize the lecture, explained that "diabesity" is the link between diabetes and obesity.

"This has become an epidemic in the United States that will stress our health-care system in the future if this trend is not reversed," he said. "Those who attend this free lecture will learn the scientific facts about this problem as well as proactive measures that can be taken to combat it."

Aldasouqi is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Before joining MSU, he was medical director of the Sparrow Diabetes Center, director of Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology and Cape Thyroid Center as well as medical director of St. Francis Diabetes Center.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.