Charlotte, Mich. — 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. 8. The program held at AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, will help increase awareness of this common and chronic disease.
"The prevalence of diabetes continues to increase," said Melanie Shehan, MS, RD, HGB diabetes program coordinator. "It's estimated nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. are living with diabetes. And even more startling, another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes."
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, as well as the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
"It is so important to get educated about managing diabetes to avoid those severe complications," Shehan said.
The Diabetes Forum will showcase informational booths featuring products and medications, nutrition and exercise programs, and medication disposal information. Dr. Tony Marl, internal medicine physician at Charlotte Medical Group, will discuss prevention and management of diabetes as the keynote speaker. In addition, clinical specialists will be on hand to answer questions and concerns about prevention, treatment and complications.
To learn more or register for the event, call HGB at 517-543-1050, ext. 1249. Advance registration is encouraged.