Free HGB Diabetes Forum helps increase awareness in November during American Diabetes Month

In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is hosting a free community Diabetes Forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, to help increase awareness of this common and chronic disease. 

The keynote speaker for the Diabetes Forum is Dr. Todd Otten with Family Care Specialists in Charlotte, Mich., who will present "Taking Control of Your Diabetes Labs Through Knowledge." In addition, clinical specialists will be on hand to help answer questions and concerns about prevention, treatment and complications. The forum also showcases educational booths featuring diabetes products and medications, nutrition and exercise programs, and medication disposal information. 
"We continue to see a rise in diabetes year after year," said Bree Chapman, RD, and HGB diabetes program coordinator. "It’s estimated that nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes – more than 8 percent of the population. Even more startling is another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes." 
Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among U.S. adults. Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
The Diabetes Forum takes place at AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Ave. in Charlotte. To register or for more information, call the HGB Diabetes Clinic at 517-543-1050, ext. 1249.