SAN MARCOS, TX – More than 25 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. That’s 8.3 percent of the population. Of these, 7 million people have not been diagnosed, and 79 million others have pre-diabetes.
Diabetes can cause problems with the blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, heart and more. Here in Central Texas, diabetes is emerging as a major health concern. Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is again raising diabetes awareness and helping those with the disease and/or ones who love and care for them with its fourth annual Diabetes Dialogue Day. The event is free to the community and will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. Space is limited, so those interested in attending should reserve their spot by calling (512) 753-3818, or by visiting ctmc.org and clicking on “Classes and Events.”
The following vendors are scheduled to appear at the upcoming Diabetes Dialogue Day:
Exhibitors/Screenings: 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
American Diabetes Association – Diabetes Education
Anytime Fitness – Exercise & Diabetes – Body Composition Screening
CTMC Clinical Education – Blood Pressure Checks
CTMC Diabetes Education – Blood Pressure Check
CTMC Institute for Advanced Would Healing – Wound Care & Diabetes
CTMC Sleep Center – Sleep & Diabetes – Sleep Study Assessment
Novo Nordisk – Diabetes Education
Pediatric Endocrinology of Central Texas – Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes, ages birth to 22 years
Sanof, U.S. – Diabetes Education
Texas State University – Best Food FITS – Health promotion & information on sugar-sweetened beverages
The following speakers are scheduled to appear:
9:00 – 9:40 a.m.: Lauren Beller, RD/LD – Clinical Dietitian
5 D’s of a Healthy Diabetic Diet
10:00 – 10:40 a.m.: Dorota Malinowski, MD – Endocrinology
Basics of Diabetes
11:10 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.: Patrick Kimbrell, MD – Wound Specialist
Skin Care and Diabetes
12:00 – 12:50 p.m.: Healthy Lunch & Exercise Presentation by Sue Diegelman
A panel discussion will provide a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The speakers will include:
- Faisal Syed, MD – Cardiology
- Joshua Hu, MD – Ophthamology
- B.J. Friedman, PhD, RD, LD – Nutrition
- O’Dell Hicks, RPh – Pharmacy
Diabetes Dialogue Day is free to the community, but space is limited. Those interested in attending should reserve their spot by calling (512) 753-3818, or by visiting ctmc.org and clicking on the “Classes & Events” tab.
Additionally, a free glucose screening and diabetes risk assessment is available on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the CTMC Main Lobby. The next opportunity will take place on Nov. 6.
To learn more about this event or CTMC’s other diabetes programs and services, please call CTMC Diabetes Educator Mario Torres at (512) 753-3706.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 44 campuses and employs 79,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.