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, March14, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Floyd Memorial’s Paris Health Education Center. Registration and light 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, Beth Ackerman, RD, CDE, show participants how to still eat healthfully on a tight budget and Chelsea Rothschild, MA, will provide tips on stress and coping with diabetes.
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) to register.