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Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 25, 2002
Public invited to UI Health Care Diabetes Day
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 20, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University
of Iowa campus. Participants should register by April 12 to reserve a space.
This program will be held in the IMU's Terrace Room.
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 7:15 a.m. with registration, a continental breakfast
and time to visit diabetes education displays. The welcome and introduction
will begin at 7:50 a.m. The entire program will wrap up by noon.
The program is organized by Robert Spanheimer, M.D., UI associate professor
of internal medicine and a staff physician at the Veterans Affairs (VA) 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.
The seminar's other presenters and topics include:
Robert Bar, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and a staff physician
and researcher at the Iowa City VA Medical Center; "Diabetes Prevention
Program Is It Possible?"
Rhonda Barr, UI physical therapist and coordinator for the REACH (Reaching
Euglycemia And Comprehensive Health) Program; "Exercise: Do I Have
Greg Doelle, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine;
"The Role of Weight Management in Controlling Diabetes."
William Sivitz, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and a staff physician
and researcher at the Iowa City VA Medical Center; "What's Ahead in
For more information, or to register, call UI Health Access at (319) 384-8442
or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the UI and the UI
Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research
programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.