Experts will be sharing the most recent research and information about diabetes management to help people with diabetes take control of their condition at the annual Fall Diabetes Community Update on Nov. 11.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the lower level Café F conference room at the UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. It is sponsored by UCHealth Diabetes and Medical Nutrition.

More than 30.3 million Americans – or 9.4 percent of the population – have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association’s 2015 figures. About 7.2 million of those people have not been diagnosed yet.

“Every year, we want to provide quality information to help our attendees live well with diabetes because it can be a lot of work. The Community Update event gives them a chance to ask questions and be challenged and encouraged with new information,” said Susan Stauffer, registered nurse with the Center for Diabetes.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Holly Wyatt, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, works as a physician and clinical researcher at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and runs the Metabolism and Obesity Clinic on campus.

“We are really excited to have Holly as she is a wonderful speaker and a huge deal in the diabetes world,” said registered nurse Susan Stauffer with UCHealth Diabetes and Medical Nutrition Therapy in northern Colorado. “She loves to speak about motivation and working on weight loss and diabetes management.”

Pharmacist Dr. Chad Martell is a professor at Regis University who will discuss, “Good and Plenty: An overview of diabetes medication.”

“His talk will give people a firm grasp of all the potential diabetes medications they can choose from,” Stauffer said. “It is always such a maze trying to figure out what medications one might want to try. Dr. Martell is engaging, informative and has a fun sense of humor. I think people will feel much more confident as they approach their doctors with questions about medications after listening to him speak.”

This year’s expert panel includes endocrinologist Dr. Gregory Hughes, nephrologist Dr. Kevin Muelkin and registered dietitian Linda Schoon. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions during the panel session.

The event costs $15, and each person with diabetes may bring a support person for free. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred. To register, call 970.825.1191.

The Community Update event is just one of the services offered through UCHealth Diabetes and Medical Nutrition Therapy in northern Colorado to help children and adults learn how to manage diabetes and prevent complications. The department also offers small group classes, one-on-one counseling, blood glucose testing and training, meal-planning assistance, medical nutrition therapy, insulin pump training, and 7- and 14-day continuous glucose monitoring.

For more information about the event or services for people who have diabetes, call 970.825.1191.

• What: UCHealth’s annual Fall Diabetes Community Update.
• When: 8 a.m. – noon Nov. 11. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
• Where: Café F, lower level at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S Lemay Ave.
• Cost: $15 for one person and guest.
• Contact: To register or for more details, call 970.825.1191.

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