October 17, 2014
SIU Med School Co-Sponsors Diabetes Event to Help Patients “Stick with It”
Adults with diabetes can learn about the ways to manage the disease at “I Can Stick with It,” a free program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Memorial Medical Center’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center, St. John’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association.
The program is designed to educate adults with diabetes and caretakers about proper nutrition and the importance of testing and monitoring the disease. “I Can Stick with It” will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Dove Conference Center at the Prairie Heart Institute, 619 E. Mason St., Springfield.
Experts, including two certified diabetes educators and Michael Jakoby, M.D., chief of the endocrinology division at SIU School of Medicine, will lead the program through these topics:
• What are my numbers and why should I care?
• How do I get the most out of my medications?
• What is insulin and why do I need to take it?
Those interested in attending the free event must register by Oct. 29. To learn more information or to register, please contact Mary Rogers at 217-814-4308. Attendees will receive light snacks, and the first 200 registrants will receive a complementary gift bag.
Nearly 29 million Americans currently live with diabetes, and another 1.7 million will be diagnosed with the disease in 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050.