If you are among the many individuals who live every day with diabetes or if you take care of a diabetic, you are going to want to “save the date” for the 23rd annual “Diabetes Texas Style” workshop.

The 2017 event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Shelton Building, 2000 Pine St., adjacent to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Registration and exhibits open at 8  pm and the workshop finishes at noon.  

Diabetes is a chronic illness or the insulin it makes does not operate. It is estimated that 1.8 million adults in Texas have been diagnosed with diabetes. In Taylor County, approximately 10,000 of these have been of that amount.  

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for around 95 percent of all cases. It is manageable, while diabetes is not curable. Individuals with diabetes who maintain blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol levels within recommended ranges may lower their healthcare costs and boost their productivity.

Through involvement in the Diabetes Texas Style Workshop, participants may find out ways to better take care of themselves and reduce their risk for health problems.  

The afternoon will start with a session on “Taking Care of Your Feet” presented by Nancy Ochs. Ms. Ochs is highly effective in teaching diabetics in appropriate foot care. As Foot Care Nurse and a Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse,Ochs will be discussing tips for diabetes foot care that is great and the connection between diabetes and foot wellness.  

Dr. Mark Armstrong will be speaking on the benefits of regular physical activity in managing diabetes. Through his session, “Feeling Good as You Move,” Armstrong will discuss his expertise in the area of Physical Therapy to identify ways diabetics may improve their overall health with numerous kinds of physical activity.  

Rounding out the line-up of speakers will be Dr. Ishmeet Walia, who specializes in Nephrology (physiology and diseases of the kidneys) and Internal Medicine. Walia will be describing how diabetes can affect the kidneys and sharing measures to controlling the risk factors. There’ll be time for questions and answers at the conclusion of every demonstration.

During the workshop participants will have a chance to visit the displays which will include patient educational materials, diabetic supplies, and pharmaceuticals to answer inquiries. Even the refreshment break will feature diabetic food samples and recipes.  

The workshop is free and sponsored by Hendrick Medical Center Diabetes — Self Management Team and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at Haskell, Jones and Taylor counties.  

For information on the workshop, contact the Taylor County Extension Office at 325-672-6048 or email l-rowan@tamu.edu. People with disabilities who need lodging or an auxiliary aid are requested to contact so arrangements can be made.

Jane Rowan functions as County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at Taylor County.

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