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Diabetes Expo June 9, 2010

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WHAT? Diabetes Expo at San Antonio, TX

The Diabetes Expo is a great way to learn about diabetes management and prevention. Living a healthy lifestyle is crucial to living a long, happy life—and diabetes management and prevention can help you acquire the healthy lifestyle your body needs.

The Expo includes the following:

–Health screenings

–Cooking demonstrations and healthy food tastings

–Product and service exhibitors

–Leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention

-Family Zone

And much more!

There’s no better way to learn about eating right and exercising than through this year’s Diabetes Expo!

***Diabetes Expo is FREE and transportation is provided by VIA, FREE OF CHARGE ALL DAY. You can be picked up at any VIA location and will be dropped off at Market Street. Just mention to the bus driver that your destination is the Diabetes Expo!

WHY? Diabetes is a disease that is sweeping our nation in unprecedented records. According to the most recent data from the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, in the United States, 17.9 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, while 57 million people have pre-diabetes. But, 5.7 million people remain undiagnosed. If present trends continue, ONE IN THREE AMERICANS born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime—one in two if African American or Latino. In SAN ANTONIO, the prevalence of diabetes is TWICE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE – 14% of the community is living everyday with diabetes. Each year, diabetes kills nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. If diabetes is not properly managed, it can lead to amputations, kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and stroke. HOWEVER, with a healthy lifestyle and the promotion of diabetes awareness, we can reverse these trends and prevent avoidable consequences of diabetes.

WHO? Not only will Diabetes Expo will be packed with fun activities, but it will also include interesting and enlightening speakers talking about diabetes prevention and management…

BEN VEREEN

A legendary performer, Ben Vereen has starred as Chicken George in Roots and the title role in Louis Armstrong-Chicago Style. His session will focus on the importance of diabetes awareness and blood sugar control.

ROBERTO P. TREVINO, M.D.

Dr. Trevino opened South Alamo Medical Group to provide patient care to a medically underserved area of San Antonio. He has also founded the Social & Health Center to study the climbing rates of type 2 diabetes in low-socioeconomic populations.

CHARLIE KIMBALL

Got a need for speed? Charlie Kimball, a successful race car driver, is the only licensed driver with diabetes in the history of the Indy Racing league. He has partnered with Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company dedicated to diabetes care, to raise awareness of the importance of managing diabetes.

WHERE?

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Exhibit Hall A

200 East Market St.

San Antonio, TX 78205

WHEN?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

9:00AM -2:00PM

HOW TO RSVP: For pre-show announcements and additional information, RSVP online at diabetes.org/exposanantonio

However, RSVP is NOT REQUIRED.  

JOIN US!

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Blindness and Diabetes: What You Need to Know! May 4, 2010

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Did You Know?!

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults 20 to 74 years of age. Also, diabetic retinopathy causes from 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year.  However, people with diabetes can maintain optimal vision and healthy eyes by having an annual comprehensive vision examination, including a dilated eye examination.

Also, You can find out more information about maintaining optimal vision at our next Por Tu Familia  bi-lingual health workshop, sponsored by H-E-B.  The workshop will be held at H-E-B Plus (Zarzamora) this Saturday, May 8th starting at 10 am. 

“With Open Eyes – Con Los Ojos Abiertos” with Ivan Castillo-Salazar, MD

Saturday, May 8, 2010
10:00 am to 11: 00 am
HEB Plus
6818 S. Zarzamora, San Antonio, Texas 78224 

Don’t miss your opportunity to speak one-on-one with a health expert!  To reserve your seat at this FREE event visit www.diabetes.org/portufamiliasatx, or call (210) 829-1765 ext 6128.

 

Indy Racer Charlie Kimball Named Guest at Diabetes Expo San Antonio, TX April 30, 2010

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Charlie Kimball is a successful young race car driver forging a career in the highly competitive world of open wheel racing. Kimball, who began racing go-karts at age 9, was accepted into Stanford University and chose to bypass admission to follow his dream to become a racecar driver.

In 2007, Kimball was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was forced to abandon his racing program mid-season. Today Kimball is the only licensed driver with diabetes in the history of the Indy Racing league.

After his surprising diagnosis, Kimball returned to the cockpit in 2008 and claimed a podium finish in his first race back in the car. Today, Kimball continues to compete in some of the most competitive racing categories in the world, proving that living with diabetes does not have to restrict him from traveling at speeds of more than 150 miles an hour and fulfilling his dream.

In fact, he has partnered with Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company dedicated to diabetes care, to raise awareness of the importance of properly managing blood glucose levels and to demonstrate that diabetes can be successfully integrated into your life and your ambitions. Through the efforts of Novo Nordisk and the American Diabetes Association, Kimball will make a special guest appearance at the 10th annual Diabetes Expo in San Antonio, Tx.  For more information on the Diabetes Expo visit www.diabetes.org/exposanantonio.

Kimball has a history of breaking the mold. Prior to his diagnosis, in 2005, Kimball shattered the European stereotype that “Americans are not fast” by becoming the first American in 11 years to win a British Formula 3 race. He went on to secure two track records and several Formula 3 victories in both Britain and Europe. Kimball has also raced in the Formula 3 Euro series and the World Series by Renault.

In 2009, Kimball returned to the United States as part of the Firestone Indy Lights series, finishing 10th overall. Kimball will pilot the No. 26 Novo Nordisk sponsored car for the legendary AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport and will run a full 13-race schedule on the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights series:

  • March 28: Streets of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • April 11: Barber Motorsports Park (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • April 18: Streets of Long Beach (Long Beach, California)
  • May 28: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • June 19: Iowa Speedway (Newton, Iowa)
  • July 4: Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, New York)
  • July 18: Streets of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
  • July 25: Edmonton City Centre Airport (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
  • Aug. 8: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Aug. 22: Infineon Raceway (Sonoma, California)
  • Aug. 28: Chicagoland Speedway (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Sept. 4: Kentucky Speedway (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Oct. 2: Homestead-Miami Speedway (Miami, Florida)

To Pre-register for the Diabetes Expo visit www.diabetes.org/exposanantonio.

Ben Vereen Appearance at the Diabetes Expo San Antonio, Texas April 20, 2010

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Ben Vereen

    Ben Vereen is one of the scheduled speakers for this year’s Diabetes Expo. Vereen’s session will focus on the importance of diabetes awareness and blood sugar control to help dispel the myths and misperceptions about diabetes. Ben Vereen is one of today’s most legendary performers. Ben’s acting credits continue to give us memorable roles, including Chicken George in Roots and the title role in Louis Armstrong – Chicago Style. With his strong sense of social consciousness, Ben has become a respected speaker among audiences of all ages. His topics include overcoming adversity, arts in education, Black history, recovery through physical and occupational therapy, and the importance of continuing education. Ben has also been involved with many organizations, including American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and he spearheaded Celebrities for a Drug Free American.

Roberto P. Trevino, M.D.

    Dr. Trevino will lead a speaker’s session discussion at this year’s Diabetes Expo on Diabetes and the San Antonio Community, sponsored by Bravo Health. A graduate of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Dr. Trevino holds specialties in both critical care and internal medicine. In 1986 barely 5 blocks from housing projects where he lived as a child, Dr. Trevino opened South Alamo Medical Group to provide patient care to one of San Antonio’s largest medically underserved areas. As his list of diabetes patients continued to grow, Dr. Trevino questioned why this was occurring more frequently for those living in poverty. In 1991, the Social & Health Research Center (SHRC) was founded to study increasing rates of type 2 diabetes in low-socioeconomic populations. His quest was to create an early-age, school-based diabetes prevention program that would lower risk factors for the disease. Since opening the SHRC, Dr. Trevino has had a singular focus towards reducing and someday eradicating type 2 diabetes from occurring in our youth population. “This is a preventable disease,” Dr. Trevino remarks, “but only if we implement early-age interventions.”

Did you know?

    If present trends continue, one in three American born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime – one in two for African Americans or Latinos. To counteract these statistics the American Diabetes Association offers the Diabetes EXPO. The Expo is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors and leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family health!For more information about the San Antonio Diabetes Expo visit www.diabetes.org/exposanantonio or call (210) 829-1765 ext 6123.

Educational Workshops to be held at HEB to educate the community about diabetes April 9, 2010

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HEB has partnered with the American Diabetes Association’s Por Tu Familia Latino Initiative to provide diabetes educational workshops at their local stores here in San Antonio. 

 

“With Open Eyes – Con Los Ojos Abiertos” with Ivan Castillo-Salazar, MD – Ophthalmologist  

Saturday, May 8, 2010
10:00 am to 11: 00 am
HEB Plus
6818 S. Zarzamora, San Antonio, Texas 78224

“Something to Smile About – Algo Para Hacerle Sonreir” with Rafael Cerda Galaviz – Dentist

Saturday, August 14, 2010
10:00 am to 11: 00 am
HEB
3323 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78223 

Por Tu Familia 2010 Conferencia Educativa (For Your Family Conference)
A Bi-lingual Diabetes Education Conference

Saturday, November 6, 2010
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Burbank High School
1002 Edwards, San Antonio, Texas 78204

Why Should You Care?

Diabetes is an urgent health problem in the Hispanic community in San Antonio. Hispanics are 1.7 more likely to develop diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.  In San Antonio, the prevalence of diabetes is twice the national average – 14% of the community is living everyday with diabetes.  Of these, over 87,000 are Hispanic

Diabetes, if left untreated, can lead to stroke, heart disease, blindness and amputations. Getting information to the community about the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors and those who may be at risk, and ways to help manage the disease is essential.

Many Hispanics feel guilty spending time and money on personal health. They feel selfish putting their own health care ahead of their family’s needs. The opposite should be true. The American Diabetes Association is here for their family, and we want to bring the message home that each person should take care of their diabetes or prevent themselves from developing it, for thier family’s sake too.

That is why YOUR San Antonio American Diabetes Association and HEB will be providing the following Bilingual Community Educational Workshops and a Conferencia FREE for anyone that would like to attend!

“With Open Eyes – Con Los Ojos Abiertos” with Ivan Castillo-Salazar, MD – Ophthalmologist 

Saturday, May 8, 2010
10:00 am to 11: 00 am
HEB Plus
6818 S. Zarzamora, San Antonio, Texas 78224

“Something to Smile About – Algo Para Hacerle Sonreir” with Rafael Cerda Galaviz – Dentist

Saturday, August 14, 2010
10:00 am to 11: 00 am
HEB
3323 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78223 

Por Tu Familia 2010 Conferencia Educativa (For Your Family Conference)
A Bi-lingual Diabetes Education Conference

Saturday, November 6, 2010
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Burbank High School
1002 Edwards, San Antonio, Texas 78204

To register for the workshops listed above please visit www.diabetes.org/portufamiliasatx or call Grace Cobos at (210) 829-1765 ext 6128.

Screening for Diabetes Highly Cost Effective: ADA of San Antonio in Need of Professional Health Screeners for Expo 2010. April 6, 2010

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Screening for Diabetes Highly Cost Effective, Study Finds

By Dayle Kern, American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA

Though some professional organizations recommend routine screening for type 2 diabetes, research now confirms it not only helps prevent or delay illness, it is also highly cost effective, according to a study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association being published on March 29, 2010 in the journal Lancet.

Using a highly detailed mathematical model, the study concluded that early screening could greatly reduce diabetes-related complications at reasonable cost and also substantially reduce mortality.

‘This study confirmed for us what we have long believed to be true but have never been able to show in clinical trials,’ said John Buse, MD, PhD, former President, Medicine and Science of the American Diabetes Association and an author of the paper.

Because there are few symptoms in the early stages of development, diabetes can go undiagnosed for up to 10 years, while rising blood glucose levels begin to cause damage to the body. This can lead to costly and potentially devastating complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and problems with the nerves, especially in the lower extremities, leading to risk of amputations. However, if blood glucose levels are properly controlled, people with diabetes can successfully prevent or delay complications of the disease.

That’s why the American Diabetes Association has long recommended that adults be screened for diabetes starting by at least age 45 and that the test is repeated every three years. Younger adults with diabetes risk factors, such as obesity or family history, should begin screenings earlier. However, there have been no randomized, controlled trials to support this recommendation because such trials would be prohibitively expensive, requiring thousands of people without diabetes to be followed for decades. See Full Story

 

Making ADA Screening Recommendations a Reality for the Less Fortunate  

The U.S. Census March 2004 survey reports that an average of about 5.4 million Texans, which make up 24.6 percent of the state’s population, were uninsured.  Also, Texans living in urban areas are less likely than the average U.S. citizen to have health insurance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost one in six Americans is uninsured; in Texas, the ratio is one in four. While there is substantial variation among Texas cities, every major city has an uninsured rate higher than the national average.

As a way of making the ADA diabetes screening recommendations a reality, for even the uninsured, the American Diabetes Association hosts the Diabetes Expo in several cities around the country including the only Diabetes Expo in Texas, held in San Antonio, Texas. The Expo gives San Antonians the opportunity to receive FREE health screenings by qualified health professionals.  As of today, the San Antonio Diabetes Expo has five confirmed screeners, and we need several more in order to accommodate all of our constituents in attendance.  If you are a health professional who can provide non-invasive health screenings that are related to diabetes and its complications, please volunteer your services at the 10th Annual Diabetes EXPO!  Any one screening you provide on Saturday, June 26th could SAVE A LIFE.  Your support will make a difference!

For more information on how you and/or your organization could provide screenings for this year’s EXPO please contact Alina Tennie at atennie@diabetes.org or call (210) 829-1765 ext 6124 or Audra Atzger aatzger@diabetes.org (210) 829-1765 ext 6123. Also, visit our website, www.diabetes.org/exposanantonio.

Excitement Mounts:South Central Texas Tour de Cure 2010 April 1, 2010

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South Central Texas Tour de Cure – May 22-23, 2010 

The excitement is building for the start of The Central and South Texas Tour de Cure where thousands of bicycle riders will pedal to find a cure for diabetes.  This year’s event is being held on May 22-23, 2010.

Cyclists will brave whatever mother-nature throws at them, as they spin their way through the picturesque Texas Hill Country. 

Whether you are an avid cyclist, know a cyclist or would like to be a cyclist, you do not want to miss the largest ride dedicated to the fight against diabetes in the state of Texas.  Enjoy a variety of routes, a fun and entertaining Saturday Night Celebration, dorm room accommodations (for two-day riders), great food and safety support. 

About the Ride 

The fun all begins at the new starting point at Retama Park in Selma, where there will be a variety of routes to choose from.  Then, it’s on to our overnight stop in San Marcos, where a grand celebration awaits the tired riders at Texas State University.  Our second day of riding sees everyone peddling away towards South Austin, our final destination.

Besides the new starting point, another change to this year’s event is the addition of a 32 mile loop that starts and ends at Retama Park to join the 14 mile family ride that does the same.  The 54 and 80 mile routes end up at Texas State University in San Marcos.  Cyclists traditionally spend the afternoon tubing on the river, returning to the Overnight Celebration for food and live music.  This year the food is being provided by the Texas Beef Council and Jason’s Deli.  “High Octane” will be entertaining us with music throughout the evening.

No worries about where to sleep.  Riders spend the night in dorm rooms on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.  This year the tour event features bellhops to carry cyclist’s luggage to their rooms!  How’s that for service?

The second day starts after fanfare at Butler Hall at TSU.  Riders will again have a choice of routes, including 25, 58 and 80 mile routes.

To register for this event go to http://main.diabetes.org/sanantoniotourdecure or call Pat Bodet at (210) 829-1765 ext 6126.

Cut-A-Thon to Support the American Diabetes Association March 17, 2010

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Salon Tease and the Stop Diabetes Movement

Robin Peche and Brenda Guiterrez are small business owners of Salon Tease, a Paul Mitchell focus salon in San Antonio.  On Sunday, April 11, 2010 they will be hosting their 2nd Cut-A-Thon in support of the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.  both Robin and Brenda have family members that are living with diabetes, and they are incorporating all components of the Stop Diabetes Movement: ACT, SHARE, LEARN, and GIVE into their lives and Salon Tease!

How Can You Get Involved?

Salon Tease is taking appointment for April 11th, but walk-ins are welcome too!  They will be providing cut hairs starting at 10 am and will continue until the last person leaves.  A $10 minimum donation is encouraged.  Salon Tease is located at 335 Olmos Drive, San Antonio, TX 78212. For more details about the Cut-A-Thon or other ways that you contribute to this event, if you are unable to attend, please call (210) 320-3652.

American Diabetes Association Supported Research in San Antonio is Now Accepting Volunteers to Participate in Study March 15, 2010

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American Diabetes Association Research Efforts 

The ADA supports research aimed at preventing, treating, and curing diabetes. Our Research Funding program is designed to complement the National Institutes of Health (NIH) diabetes research program by supporting new investigators and new research ideas. With support from ADA, investigators are often able to prove that their ideas are solid enough to get more substantial funding from the United States federal government. The ADA supports three researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 

Liver Screenings for African Americans in San Antonio, TX: Study supported by the American Diabetes Association

Kenneth Cusi, MD of the UTHSCSA-Diabetes Division is currently seeking qualified volunteers to participate in a study.  If you are are African American, overweight, and diabetic or have a family history of diabetes you may have a condition called Fatty Liver.  This may cause or worsen diabetes and harm your liver.  All qualified volunteers will receive study-related exams and blood tests at no cost, and compensation for your time. 

For more information about participating in this study please call (210) 567-6715.

22nd Annual American Diabetes Association Alert DaySM 2010 March 10, 2010

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What is American Diabetes Association Alert Day? 

American Diabetes Association Alert Day is a one-day, “wake-up” call asking the American public – “What will you do to Stop DiabetesSM?  Know your risk.”  Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the 22nd annual Diabetes Alert Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, 2010. On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will encourage people to join the Stop Diabetes movement by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Why is Diabetes Alert Day important?

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States. An additional 57 million, or one in five Americans have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes is named the “silent killer” because nearly one-fourth of those with the disease – 5.7 million – do not know they have it.  For many, diagnosis may come seven to ten years after the onset of the disease.  Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. 

Why should participate in Diabetes Alert Day?

Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes.  People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease.  African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. 

How does Diabetes Alert Day work?

On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will ask the American public “What will you do to Stop Diabetes? Know your risk.”  The Association will encourage people to join the Stop Diabetes movement by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.  The Diabetes Risk Test shows users whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for type 2 diabetes.  If they are at high risk, they are encouraged to talk with their health care provider.

Diabetes Alert Day will help to further the Association’s goal of recruiting one million people to join the Stop Diabetes movement by end of 2010.

 

How does one obtain the Association’s Diabetes Risk Test and

additional information? 

Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 5-7% of body weight through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating.  You can join the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish), healthy lifestyle tips and more by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visiting www.stopdiabetes.com.   Although Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available all year long.

Who is the primary target audience?

Americans with pre-diabetes

There are an estimated 57 million, or one in five Americans who have pre-diabetes.  Those with pre-diabetes have blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Americans with undiagnosed diabetes

The following segments of the population are at greater risk for having undiagnosed diabetes: