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50 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 Lt. Gov. Carney to unveil diabetes strategic plan Delaware Diabetes Wellness Expo set Nov. 19 in Dover Lt. Gov. John C. Carney Jr. will release the state's first diabetes control plan at the Delaware Dia- betes Wellness Expo, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the grand ballroom of the Sher- aton Hotel and Conference Center in Dover. The free event, organ- ized by Delaware's Division of Public Health's (DPH) Diabetes Control Program and the Delaware Diabetes Coalition, will convene 50 health-care facilities, businesses, diabetes-related or- ganizations and community advo- cates to offer screenings and pro- mote self-management and a healthier lifestyle for diabetics. Carney's presentation will be- gin at 11 a.m. and will include un- veiling a new strategic plan for promoting physical activity and healthy nutrition. The statewide Diabetes Control Plan represents the views and rec- ommendations of many Dela- warea.n, including health-care professionals, health educators, pharmacists and others. The report features 10 focus ar- eas for reducing the emotional, physical and financial burden of diabetes in Delaware. Some key Diabetes November is American Dia- betes Month. Seventeen million Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 5.9 million of them do not know it. The long-term ef- fects of diabetes can include dam- age to the eyes, nerves, kidneys and cardiovascular system. Ap- proximately 90 percent of people living with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, a devastating disease with potentially life-threatening complications. Dr. Fouad R. Kandeel, director of the City of Hope Gonda Dia- betes Center in Los Angeles, stresses the importance of pre- venting Type2 diabetes by con- trolling weight, eating a low-fat diet that is high in fruits, vegeta- bles and whole grains, and exer- sometimes overlooked; Jearn the symptoms cising regularly. People with a family history of diabetes have a greater chance of developing the disease. Others at risk include people who are older than age 45, are overweight, do not exercise regularly, or have high blood pressure. Women who developed dia- betes during pregnancy or have had babies weighing nine pounds or more at birth are also at greater risk. African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes than the rest of the population. "Knowing your risks and de- tecting Type 2 diabetes early will increase your chances of success- fully preventing or managing the disease," said Kandeel. Common signs of diabetes in- clude frequent urination and in- fections, unusual thirst or weight loss, extreme hunger or fatigue, blurred vision, slow-healing cuts and bruises, and tingling or numb- ness in the hands or feet. "Properly managing diabetes is essential to preventing further complications such as heart dis- ease, kidney disease, strokes, blindness, nerve damage, skin dis- orders and foot problems," said Kandeel. "Type 2 diabetes can be man- aged with healthy meal planning, weight loss, exercise and medical treatment. Ask your doctor if you think you could be at risk of de- veloping the disease." areas include access to care, community in- tervention and program devel- opment, data surveillance, diabetes among youth and the aging, CARNEY diabetes and the workplace; medical providers; and prevention. Delaware had the fourth highest death rate from diabetes of all states in 1998, according to "The Burden of Diabetes," a report re- leased by DPH earlier this year. Although Delawareans with dia- betes visited their physicians 300,000 times in 1998, the report finds that many did not get the recommended tests and treat- ments, increasing their risk of blindness, heart attacks and foot and leg amputations. The economic cost of diabetes in Delaware in 1997 was estimat- ed to be almost $300 million. To register for the expo, contact the Diabetes Control Program at 302-744-4544 by Nov. 15. Maxime G. Moise, M.D. Your Health Matters Susan A. Kelly, M.D. D6LM6D H6AI.TH 431 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 644-9080 New Patients Diabetes and You offered in Milford Being well-informed about diabetes and its management helps indi- viduals living with this disease to lead full,more active lives. Diabetes and You is a four-part series that explores the many phases of diabetes. Diabetes and You teaches about diabetes, recognize the warning signs, blood glucose monitoring, foot care, medication-insulin and pills, complications and feeling better about the disease. The program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association,. which means it meets stringent standards of care criteria. Preregistration is required. Call Bayhealth at 430-5573 for dates, time and location. Second Opinions A FREE Health Seminar from Beebe Medical Center Stop Smoking for Good With the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smoke Out" beginning November 21, now is the time to consider quitting smoking for good. Every great achievement starts with a great plan. During this discussion, Ginny Rickards, RN,, will offer tips that will help you successfully plan to quit smoking. Encourage those who will be supportive in your quitting smoking to join you. Wednesday, November 13, 2002 Speakers: Ginny Rickards, RN Ginny Rickards, RIg Location: Time: Millville Volunteer Fire Company 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a free seminar. Light refreshments will be served Please call 645-3337 to register, or register online at www.beebemedorg and click onto the Focus on Health web banner. B Beebe "Medical Center 424 Savannah Road Lewes, DE