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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 - 33 Association urges people to take charge of diabetes With the national human and economic costs of diabetes total- ing over 178,000 deaths and $100 billion annually, the 16 million Americans, including 60,000 Delawareans with this disease, and their health-care providers have more reason than ever to be- come active in diabetes care. Ad- vances in technology, treatments and a changing healthcare system have made it a national priority for the American Diabetes Asso- ciation to inform those with dia- betes how to take charge of their care and to alert health-care providers to the latest advances in diabetes research and standards of patient care. November is American Dia- betes Month, when the Delaware Affiliate of the American Dia- betes Association spreads the word to those affected by diabetes about the benefits of controlling blood-sugar levels closer to nor- mal to prevent the .devastating complications of diabetes. Activi- ties for patients and their families will be centered on the theme, "Diabetes. What to Know: Head to Toe." The centerpiece of this campaign is a free brochure that- converts into a colorful, easy-to- read poster, and provides a step- by-step guide on how to delay dia- betes' leading complications through foot checkups at every visit and annual dilated eye ex- ams. Diabetes is a serious disease in which the body either does not produce insulin (Type !) or does not effectively use or produce ad- equate amounts of insulin (Type 2). Insulin is a hormone that al- lows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for ener- gy. Diabetes can lead to severely debilitating or fatal complications, such as blindness, kidney and heart disease, stroke and lower- extremity amputations. It is the White House national AIDS policy director to speak at HIV/STD conference on Nov. 5 The Delaware HIV Consortium has announced that Sandra Thur- man, the director of the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy, will be the keynote speak- er at the 10th Annual Delaware HIV/STD Conference, being held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Wilmington on Nov. 5 and 6. hurman will address confer- ence participants during a lun- cheon speech on Nov. 5. She was appointed to her post in April by President Clinton. Her interest in needle exchange programs has brought her much publicity in re- cent months. The conference will cover many HIV/STD-related topics, includ- ing new treatments for HIV, ethics and access of HIV care, women and HIV, new approaches to HIV/STD prevention, and HIV/STD prevention in minority communities. The conference is sponsored by the Delaware HIV Consortium and the Delaware Division of Public Health. For more informa- tion, call 302-652-3051. 3RD ANNUAL Flu Clinics Edgehill Pharmacy and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will sponsor an in-store Flu Shot Program in the Delaware and Maryland area this fall to combat the serious flu symp- toms that affect many in our community. From October 7 to November 12, Flu Shot Clinics will be located at Edgehill Pharmacies where registered nurses at each site will administer flu shots. The cost of the flu shot will be $12.00 or FREE with Medicare Part B. Saturday, November 1 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon (302) 227-9494 3700 Route 1, Baymart Rehoboth Beach, DE Friday, November 7 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (302) 947-1204 Nanticoke Shopping Center, Long Neck Millsboro. DE Saturday, November 8 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. (302) 539-3334 Route 26 Millville, DE Tuesday, November 12 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. (410) 651-1133 12154 Brittingham Lane Princess Anne, MD fourth-leading cause of death by disease in the United States. Cur- rently, there is no cure. All people with diabetes should seek their treatment and c.are from a health-care team that includes, but is not limited to, physicians, nurses, dietitians and exercise physiologists with expertise in di- abetes management. Controlling diabetes includes weight manage- ment through exercises and meal planning, blood glucose monitor- ing and/or oral medication for those with type 2 diabetes and in- sulin injections for those with type 1 diabetes. "For too long, people with dia- betes have not had the information and technology to take charge of their care," said Michelle Sobczyk, ADA Community De- velopment Specialist. "Research is proving that we have the tools to prevent or delay onset of the dis- ease's complications, such as blindness and amputations. But we need to get serious about dia- betes, and get serious about treat- ing it." For information on community events or to receive a free brochure from the association call 1-800-DIABETES. 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