Rockford Health System will hold its fifth annual Diabetes Awareness Seminar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Giovannis, 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford. Seating is limited for this free event, and reservations are required by calling 971-1999.
The focus of the free presentation is Diabetes: A Balancing Act and will feature speakers, information booths, and light refreshments.
Michael Werckle, M.D., Medical Director of Rockford Clinic and board-certified in Internal Medicine, will present From the Other Side of the NeedleHow to Handle Emergency Situations with Confidence.
As a person with Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Werckle has a perspective on the treatment of diabetes that other physicians may not. He will explain the signs and symptoms of high and low blood sugar and what to do when these signs are experienced.
Julie Roth, M.D., P.T., board-certified in Internal Medicine, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute, will present Tipping the Scale in Your Favor.
Weight loss can be especially difficult for people with diabetes because of the special connection between blood sugars and food consumption. However, research has shown that losing just 10 percent of your body weight (if you are overweight) can lead to significant improvements in blood sugar control.
Dr. Roth will share her clinical expertise in weight loss and weight management. She will explain how patients have been able to safely lose weight or maintain their weight through lifestyle changes, weight loss medications and/or surgery.