Diabetes Care Fair to Feature Speaker, Dinner May 31

Ruth Charne, New York, says that her mother has always been her model of strength and courage, and seeing her taught Charne that difficulties are just obstacles to overcome. Charne will be speaking at the fair. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – According to the Center for Disease Control, one in three people born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. In Howell County, one in 10 individuals is already living with diabetes.

In order to increase the awareness of this deadly disease, Ozarks Medical Center will host a Diabetes Care Fair from 4:30-7 PM May 31 at the OMC Parkway Educational Center, in the Parkway Shopping Center off Porter Wagoner Boulevard in West Plains. The free event will include an educational dinner presentation from 5:30-6:30 PM. During the dinner, Ruth Charne, a member of a patient-led approach to diabetes education called A1C Champions, will share her personal story about the struggle to control diabetes.

To RSVP to the dinner, call the OMC Education Department at 417-257-6793 by May 22.

The diabetes fair will include information on glucose monitoring, nutrition, exercise, stress, medication and symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes. Guests can tour educational booths before and after the dinner presentation. A coupon for a free A1C screening will also be offered. The A1C test indicates a person’s blood sugar control over the past two to three months.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million Americans are living with diabetes and more than a quarter of those remain undiagnosed.

Cherry said she encourages people to know the warning signs of Type 2 Diabetes, which include increased thirst, frequent urination, slow healing cuts or sores, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, blurred vision, dizziness, itchy or dry skin, fatigue or frequent infections. Any one or a combination of these symptoms should prompt a person to seek medical help.

The Diabetes Care Fair will include something for everyone including diabetics, pre-diabetics, those at risk for the disease, family members of diabetics and those interested in learning more about the diabetes.

For more information, call 417-257-6793.