Do you know someone who has diabetes?
Or do you want to learn about diabetes?
Find out more by attending the:
8th Annual U-M Diabetes Health Fair
Saturday, November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk (I-94 State Street exit 177)
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Free health screenings (while time and supplies permit)
Dozens of diabetes and health exhibits
NEW! Crafts Corner for kids
Three free presentations (first-come, first-served seating)
Cooking demo by Food Network Chef Curtis Aikens
No pre-registration necessary
FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS (as time and supplies permit):
- blood sugar and A1c
- blood pressure
- cholesterol (HDL, triglycerides, and total, non-fasting)
- body-mass calculations and waist-to-hip ratios
For people with diabetes only:
- foot screenings
- eye exams
For relatives of people with type 1 diabetes:
- Blood tests to check for antibodies (the TrialNet Study) will be available.
- The College of Pharmacy will check for drug interactions (bring your medication containters or a list).
FREE PRESENTATIONS (first-come, first-served seating):
9:30 am: “Diabetes Updates from the Pediatric Clinic and Research Lab” by Brigid Gregg, MD, Physician and Clinical Lecturer, Pediatric Endocrinology Division, U-M Mott Children’s Hospital
10:30 am: “Popular Diets: Finding the Right Balance for Diabetes and Heart Health”- Joyce Patterson, MPH, RD, Clinical Dietitian, U-M Health System, Cardiovascular Medicine
12:00 pm: “Cooking Demo with Food Network Chef Curtis Aikens” sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Academy
There are so many observances throughout the year that several of them happen simultaneously. However April’s pairing of National Minority Health Month and National Donate Life Month is not pure happenstance.
National Minority Health Month
African Americans and other ethnic minorities are plagued by a number of chronic illnesses that may not be an immediate threat to life itself; however neglect of these chronic and often preventable conditions can surely lead to an early death. Perhaps the biggest of these chronic illnesses that disproportionately plague African Americans is hypertension and diabetes. According to the National Institute of Health,
“The most common causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure, together accounting for about 70 percent of new cases.”
That bears repeating, 70 percent of new cases of chronic kidney disease is caused by uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension—both controllable conditions. Controllable in large part by good decision making: diet and exercise, and medication prescribed by a doctor. And this brings us to the next April observance.
National Donate Life Month
National Donate Life Month promoted largely by the Gift of Life Foundation encourages people to make the decision to become organ donors, either living or at the time of death so that those waiting on the transplant list, can live. There are currently more than 110,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. Millions of organs are wasted daily when people die without donating their organs. It is a simple process to sign up on the national organ donor registry: http://donatelife.net/register-now/
In the case of kidneys, while African Americans make up 12% of the population, we make up 32% of those on dialysis.
In April and beyond, join with me to make smart and healthy decisions to improve minority health, and please “Donate Life”—my brother Jeff (my kidney donor) and another individual (my pancreas donor)’s decisions to donate life are why I live today!