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University of Iowa News Release

May 7, 2004

Public Invited To Diabetes Day June 12

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 seminar Saturday morning, June 12, at the Quality Inn & Suites and Highlander Conference Center, located at 2525 North Dodge St. in Iowa City.

University of Iowa Health Care experts in diabetes will discuss numerous topics, including an update on recent trends and the latest in diabetes research and treatment.

The program will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, a continental breakfast and time to visit diabetes education displays. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 11:45 a.m.

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.

An estimated 18.2 million Americans, or 6.2 percent of the population, have diabetes, but almost six million don't even know that they have the disease. As the rate of obesity rises and the average age of Americans increases, the incidence of diabetes is expected to increase dramatically. Preventing and treating diabetes is an important public health issue. The disease costs the United States more than $132 billion in medical expenditures and lost productivity.

The seminar's presenters and topics include:

-- Greg Doelle, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine, "Who Is to Blame for the Obesity Epidemic?"

-- Robert Spanheimer, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, "What is Insulin Resistance?"

-- Deborah Lidd, UI research dietician, "Exercise, Fitness and Cardiovascular Health"

-- Rhonda Barr, coordinator of the REACH (Reaching Euglycemia and Comprehensive Health) program at the UI, "Weight-Loss Diets. How Do I Choose?"

For more information or to register, call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll-free at 800-777-8442. Registration is available online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Writer: Christopher Steinbarger