Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate to Host Diabetes Update

February 22, 2008

Program focus on sleep disordered breathing’s effects on diabetes, relaxation and massage therapy and preventing the long term complications of diabetes.

New Albany, Ind. (February 22, 2008)

Diabetes is a disease that affects over 21 million Americans, approximately seven percent of the U.S. population, according to the American Diabetes Association. The ADA estimates that six million of those people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and that at least 54 million Americans, approximately 18 percent of the population, have elevated blood sugar levels and are at risk of developing the full-blown disease. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services aims to educate the public about diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as provide quality care for those with the disease.

The center will host its annual Diabetes Update on Saturday, March 8, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Floyd Memorial’s Paris Health Education Center. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. The program is free to the public and includes a variety of topics focusing on daily care for those with diabetes. Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate Endocrinologist Vasdev Lohano, MD, will discuss preventing the long term complications of diabetes, Leah D. Phillips-Black, RN, MSN, CNRN, ARNP, will present on sleep disordered breathing and its effects on diabetes and other associated risks and Susan Waiz, certified massage therapist, will provide tips on relaxation and massage therapy.

In addition to the featured speakers, a plethora of information on the treatment and prevention of diabetes, as well as resources to help cope with and manage the disease, will be available. “We are excited to be able to provide a wide range of topics this year to address issues that affect the daily life of people with diabetes and pre-diabetes,” said Amy Brown, diabetes educator at Floyd Memorial’s Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate. “Advancements are continually being made in the field and the Diabetes Update gives our community an opportunity to learn about the newest developments and guidelines from medical experts.” If you would like to attend Diabetes Update, please call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) or log on to www.floydmemorial.com and click on “Events & Classes.” For more information on the Joslin Diabetes Center at Floyd Memorial and to see if you’re at risk for developing type two diabetes, log on to www.floydmemorial.com.

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services is a regional healthcare provider that serves a seven county area. Its services include a Heart and Vascular Center, Emergency Center and Women’s Imaging Center as well as the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate and a comprehensive Women’s Center. Floyd Memorial Hospital also has a number of partnerships with physicians including The Cancer Center of Indiana, Priority Radiology and most recently Kleinert Kutz Surgery Center. For more information, visit www.floydmemorial.com.