The Nix Health Care Foundation is sponsoring its annual ???Take Control of Your Diabetes, A Series of Self-Management Workshops??? beginning May 20.
The five free workshops stress the importance of controlling and preventing complications from the disease. This approach includes managing blood pressure and cholesterol, taking prescribed medications and making healthy lifestyle choices.
According to the Texas Diabetes Council, approximately 19.8 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. People with diabetes have a higher risk of heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, amputations and other chronic conditions. The series includes five topics presented by Nix Health Care System physicians and local medical experts. Presenters will be available for a question and answer session following the presentation.
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch is available when registering in advance for $6. Free parking is available at the Houston Street Garage located at the corner of College Street and Navarro.
Call 579-3157 to register for one or all of the five workshop sessions offered weekly at the Nix Medical Center, 5th floor Auditorium from noon to 1:15 p.m.
The workshops are:
May 20 ??nstitute, Peninsula Dental School and Ottawa University, said their findings highlighted the need for doctors and dentists to work together in the treatment of people with diabetes.
Dr Terry Simpson, honorary research fellow at Edinburgh University’s dental institute, who led the study, said: “This research confirms that there may be a link between serious gum disease and diabetes.
“It highlights the role dentists can play in managing the condition, given that gum disease is very treatable.
“By far the most important aspect of diabetes management is the use of insulin, drugs and diet to control blood sugar levels but maintaining good dental health is something patients and healthcare professionals should also recognise.
“Although the benefit in terms of insulin management is small, anything we can do to promote the wellbeing of people with diabetes should be welcomed.”