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October 26 , 2007

MARSHALL MEDICAL CENTER KICKSOFF DIABETES PROGRAM IN RECOGNITION OF DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

LEWISBURG, Tenn.—In celebration of November’s American Diabetes Month, Marshall Medical Center (MMC) is hosting a Diabetes Program Kickoff on Thursday, November 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Marshall Medical Center Conference Room in the hospital. The seminar is the first of a free monthly series that will address a variety of issues relating to diabetes care and treatment.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes, and another 54 million people are at-risk.

“Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and, specifically, in the state of Tennessee,” said Leatha Rochester, director of the specialty clinic at MMC. “One in four Americans has diabetes or is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. As health care providers, we want to help raise community awareness of this disease.”

At the event, Donna Shedd, diabetes program coordinator at Maury Regional Hospital, will discuss diabetes facts and myths, how diabetes is affecting our population, and how to decrease one’s risk of diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin (a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy). The cause of diabetes is unknown, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

While certain health problems (including being overweight, unhealthy cholesterol, smoking, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity) put one at higher risk for diabetes and heart disease, studies show that people with pre-diabetes can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making changes in their diet and increasing their level of physical activity.

Marshall Medical Center will begin hosting a diabetes seminar on the first 

Thursday of each month. Various topics will include proper diabetic diets,

medications, exercises and more. Featured speakers each month will vary but

will include local physicians and other health care providers. For more

information on these events, call Leatha Rochester at 931-270-5143.

 

 

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