Diabetes Texas style workshop tomorrow

The eighteenth annual Diabetes Texas Style workshop will be Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Shelton Building, 2000 Pine Street, Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Registration and exhibits open at 8 a.m. and the workshop concludes at 11:45 a.m.Speakers for the event will be Tania M. Thomas, Pharm D; and Ansleigh Mills, MS, RD, LD, CDE. Ms. Thomas, an assistant professor with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will open the mornings event with Herbal Supplements and Diabetes — A Look at the Evidence. Mrs. Mills, a registered, licensed dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Hendrick Diabetes Center, will address 12 Nutrition Hints from the Experts. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of each presentation.During the workshop participants will have an opportunity to visit the exhibits which will include diabetic supplies, patient educational materials, and pharmaceuticals with company representatives to answer questions. The refreshment breaks will feature diabetic foods and recipes. The workshop is free and sponsored by the Hendrick Medical Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Taylor, Jones and Nolan counties. Diabetes is a chronic disease resulting when the body does not make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes does not work properly. It is estimated that 1.8 million adults in Texas have been diagnosed with diabetes. Another 1 million adults are believed to have undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetes is the sixth-leading cause of death in Texas and many experts feel this is underestimated because of the number of undiagnosed cases and the numerous diabetes-related complications that may be identified as the primary cause of death. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common form of diabetes, accounting for around 95% of all cases.The complications associated with diabetes add to the enormous health care and economic burden placed on the state. When taking into account health care costs and indirect costs, such as lost wages and productivity, the annual cost of diabetes in Texas is estimated at $12.5 billion. The American Diabetes Association estimates that $1 in every $5 spent on health care in the U.S. is attributable to diabetes. While diabetes is not curable, it is manageable. People with diabetes who maintain blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels within recommended ranges can lower their health care costs and increase their productivity.If you are interested in having a booth at the workshop, call Donna Goble at (325)670-2421. For more information on the workshop contact Martha Alice Spraberry at (325)672-6048 or by email, m-spraberry@tamu.edu.Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or accommodations are asked to contact 672-6048 in advance so arrangements can be made.Martha Alice Spraberry serves as County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Taylor County.