Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Diabetes Day set for April 9th

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not make any or enough insulin, or your body prevents the insulin you produce from working correctly. Insulin is necessary for your body to use glucose, from the food we eat, for energy. High levels of glucose caused by uncontrolled blood sugar can damage eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, legs, and feet.
As a diabetic, you need to take a positive approach by making changes to help manage your blood glucose. One way to learn about changes you can make to maintain or improve your blood glucose is by attending Diabetic Day.
Diabetes Day will be offered at Wayne HealthCare on Saturday, April 9, 2011. The program will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Speakers will discuss topics of interest to individuals with diabetes. Along with speakers, there will be numerous displays by companies serving the diabetes community.

We wanted to provide individuals with topics which will help them on their journey with diabetes. The topics will be discussed by a handful of talented individuals in Darke County.
Jillynn Bruner, O.D. with Professional Family Eyecare will be discussing “Diabetes and Eye Disease”. As a diabetic, many individuals worry about eye problems with diabetes. According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet from the Center for Disease Control, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in individuals aged 24-74 years of age. They also noted that between 2005 and 2008 that 28.5% of individuals had diabetic retinopathy. Jillynn will help individuals to learn more about diabetes and their eyes.
Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE the Diabetes Educator at Wayne HealthCare will discuss eating healthy by focusing on portion sizes. Karen will be discussing “Portion Sizes” by reviewing what a correct portion size should look like. Many individuals have a distorted image of the serving size they should be consuming. She will also discuss ways to decrease portions.
Abby Whitaker APRN-BC, a Certified Nurse Practitioner with the Dayton Heart Center, will be discussing “Diabetes and Heart Disease”. According to the Center for Disease Control’s 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes. Abby will discuss why it is important not to forget about taking care of your heart.

Registration fee is $5.00 for each participant if you pre-register before April 1, 2011. After this date or at the door, the fee is $7.00 per participant. The cost includes lectures, venders, handouts, and refreshment breaks.

For more information or to register call 937-547-5750. Do not put off learning how you can live healthy with diabetes. Attend Diabetes Day and be healthier tomorrow.

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