Contact: Marion Ciciarelli
Oswego Health invites members of the community to a panel Ask The Doctor program on Diabetes Prevention, which will discuss the risk factors, the impact of diabetes and prediabetes on overall health, measures available to prevent progression to diabetes and programs offered in the community to improve health.
The Ask The Doctor program will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 30th in the riverside room of GS Steamers in Oswego. The program is free and open to the community.
Leading the panel discussion will be Francis Clifford Arce, MD, along with Family Nurse Practitioner Dominque Guadalupe and Oswego Health’s Certified Diabetes Educator Susan Callaway.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2014, 86 million Americans, which is more than one out of three adults have prediabetes. However, nine out of ten people with prediabetes do not know they have it.
“Without proper intervention, between 15 and 30 percent of those with pre-diabetes, will develop full-blown type 2 diabetes within five years,” said Dr. Arce, a board-certified endocrinologist. “Diabetes contributes to other more serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputation, blindness and is the seventh leading cause of death in this country. Community members who attend the Ask the Doctor program can learn how they can reduce their risk for diabetes. One avenue to improve their health, is attending one of the evidence-based programs offered right in our community which will also be discussed in the program” Dr. Arce said.
Dr. Arce encourages community members at risk for type 2 diabetes to attend the program, which includes those with obesity, individuals with a family history of diabetes, or women who have had gestation diabetes or have given birth to babies weighing more than nine pounds. Families of certain ethnicities at higher risk for developing diabetes should also attend, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indian, Asians and Pacific Islanders. Diabetes is traditionally associated with older age, however, any community member is welcome to attend the program as we are finding more and more younger individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Others who may benefit from the program are those with impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance. These are people whose blood sugar level are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
Family members of diabetics may also consider attending to learn how they can assist their loved ones improve their health status.
The Ask The Doctor Forum is a free presentation sponsored by the Oswego Health Community Development Office. The Ask The Doctor Forum is designed to create an open dialogue between health care providers/professionals and interested members of the greater Oswego County community. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 349-5500.