Diabetic Foot Screenings: Taking Control of Your Diabetes Event, Tucson, 2 April, 2011

The toe-tally terrific Stephanie Innes (@stephanieinnes) of the Arizona Daily Star just put this post out on her always topical health blog. Enjoy!

The 14-year-old national non-profit organization — Taking Control of Your Diabetes — will make a stop in Tucson for the first time this Saturday, April 2.

The organization will host a daylong motivational event and health fair at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. that's aimed at people living with diabetes.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  To register or to get more information, call 1-800-998-2693 or visit the group's website. Fees include a banquet lunch, healthy snacks and all conference activities. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. along with a health fair and. The conference begins at 9 a.m.

The registration fee is $30 in advance or $35 the day of program. Financial assistance is available by calling 1-800-998-2693. Organizers say no one will be turned away for an inability to pay.

Some of the topics include the emotional highs and lows of diabetes; improving cardiovascular health and preventing complications.

Hands-on sessions include diabetic foot screenings, nutrition information, medication consults, and exercise programs such as Zumba dancing, yoga and chair exercises.

The program will feature some of the nation’s leading diabetes experts, among them  Dr. Steven Edelman, who is the founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, as well as local clinicians and researchers  Dr. Jonathan Insel, Dr. Mitch Parker, Betsey Dokken and Sandra Leal.

Arizona had 10.4 cases of new diagnosed diabetes per 1,000 adults in 2008 and is one of the 10 states with the highest diabetes incidence among adults.

The national average is nine new cases per 1,000.

The rate of new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the United States rose by more than 90 percent among adults over the last 10 years, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly 8 percent of the U.S. population has either undiagnosed or diagnosed diabetes, the CDC says.

In Arizona, 9 percent of Arizonans reported they had been diagnosed with diabetes  in a 2005 state survey.

But among American Indian adults in Southern Arizona, the rate of diagnosed diabetes was 29.3 percent, according to a survey of Indian Health Service users in 2005.

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