Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center to hold Annual Diabetes Day Nov. 1
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care’s Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center will hold its 17th Annual Diabetes Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the University Hospital lobby, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a variety of health screenings for blood pressure, body mass index and osteoporosis. Medical experts will be available to offer information about issues specific to persons who have diabetes, such as medications, insulin pumps, glucose meters and nutritional guidelines.
“If you or someone you care for has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, or you feel that you may have risk factors that would predispose you to developing the disease, our event is meant for you,” said David Gardner, M.D., an endocrinologist at the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center. “Knowledge can ease fears and teach you about living with and managing diabetes, and how to handle the emotions behind an initial diagnosis.”
“Diabetes is a serious disease that can be life threatening if not controlled,” said Gardner. “The first step in treating the disease is education, followed by control through diet and exercise and quite possibly medication.”
The American Diabetes Association estimates almost 24 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes. Nearly one-quarter of these people are not aware that they have the disease.
For more information, please contact the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center at (573) 884-0769.