Managing diabetes over the holidays
The free Rockford Health System diabetes workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Rockford Clinic, 2300 N. Rockton Ave., not Nov. 4, as stated in a previous release. Local and regional health care professionals will provide information about controlling blood sugar levels through the holiday season and beyond and on preventing common eyesight problems associated with diabetes.
The featured speaker for the evening is Mehmood Khan, M.D., F.A.C.E., division chief of endocrinology at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., who will discuss helpful tips and some new strategies for getting blood sugar under control.
Dr. Khans presentation will be followed by a presentation by Diane Boone, M.D., a board certified ophthalmologist at Rockford Clinic, who will discuss common eyesight problems with diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy, and how these complications can be avoided.
Diabetes affects more than 15 million Americans. It is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy. Complications from the disease can include blindness, kidney disease, nerve disease, heart disease and stroke.
Refreshments will be provided, and guests can register to win several door prizes. The seminar is free and open to people with diabetes and their loved ones, but registration is required. To register for the event, contact Ask-A-Nurse at (815) 971-1999.