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Hendrick Diabetes Center to host Diabetes Expo, Nov. 4

Hendrick Diabetes Center to host Diabetes Expo, Nov. 4

Perhaps you know someone with diabetes – a friend, relative or even yourself. More than 37 million Americans have diabetes, or about one in 10. The best way to prevent or manage a health condition is to stay informed. The Hendrick Diabetes Center intends to do just that by hosting the annual Diabetes Expo.

The Diabetes Expo will be 9 – 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at Hendrick Medical Center’s Auxiliary Conference Center, on the second floor of the Shelton Building, 2000 Pine Street. Topics will include peripheral vascular disease, nutrition, exercise, foot care and hypoglycemia.

Endocrinologist Anderson Okafor, MD and podiatrist Cory Brown, DPM will be guest speakers. In addition, certified diabetes educators and other healthcare providers will have interactive educational booths for attendees to visit.

Individuals with diabetes or those caring for someone with diabetes are encouraged to attend.

“Diabetes can cause nerve damage, and lost sensitivity in the feet can make it difficult to know when you’re hurt or injured,” said Brown. “Even the smallest cuts and scrapes can become difficult to heal. To help prevent foot complications that can come with diabetes, it’s important to have the right information to make smart choices.”

Endocrinologists provide specialized care to people with diabetes.

“Individuals with diabetes typically see a primary care physician and may take medication to help keep their blood sugar levels stable,” said Michelle Hale, MSN, RN, certified diabetes care and education specialist. “However, if standard treatment doesn’t get your blood sugar levels under control, a referral to an endocrinologist may be required for additional strategies to help control your diabetes.”

The Expo is free and those interested are encouraged to RSVP by calling 325-670-7787.