CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 9, 2001
Public invited to UI Health Care Diabetes Day
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People with diabetes and their families who want to learn
more about the latest in diabetes research and treatment are invited to attend
a free, half-day conference Saturday morning, April 28, at the Clarion/Hampton
Inn at 1200 1st Ave. in Coralville. Participants should register by April
25 to reserve a space.
University of Iowa Health Care experts in diabetes will cover topics including
an update on diabetes, what people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes need to
know about managing their condition, research in islet cell transplant, improving
blood sugar control and understanding new concepts in how we regulate our
The program will begin at 7 a.m. with registration and time to visit displays.
The welcome and introduction will begin at 7:50 a.m. The entire program will
wrap up by noon.
The conference is organized by Robert Spanheimer, M.D., UI associate professor
of internal medicine and a staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical
Center in Iowa City. Spanheimer's talk will address the current diabetes epidemic.
As many as 16 million Americans have diabetes, and one-third to half do
not know they have the condition.
"We saw a large increase in the number of patients with diabetes, particularly
type 2, in the 1990s," Spanheimer said. "Diabetes cases have increased
by 17 percent in the last decade, and we expect the number of cases to double
in the next 20 years."
People with diabetes either do not make insulin, or the insulin they make
does not work the way it should to help glucose enter cells and provide energy.
As a result, people with diabetes can have too much glucose in their blood.
Chronically elevated blood glucose can damage blood vessels and cause serious
complications leading to blindness, kidney disease, lower limb amputation,
and stroke or heart disease.
For more information or to register, call UI Health Access at (319) 384-8442
or toll-free at (800) 777-8442, or call Aandra at the Veterans Affairs Medical
Center at (319) 338-0581, extension 7630.
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the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.