Community Health Day
November 4, 2017
International Longshoremen's Hall (ILA)
1142 Morrison Drive
Charleston, SC 29403
Community Health Day is a conference and expo held every November during National Diabetes Month. The speakers for 2017 were:
Dr. Souzan Abdel Samie, MD, Roper/St Francis Healthcare System,
Ms. Lorna Shelton Beck, RD, CDE
Dr. Cheryl Lynch, MD, Ralph H. Johnson VAMC
Ms. Shequerra Nelson
The 2017 theme was "The Impact of Diabetes & High Blood on the Heart".
This conference is always filled with important health information, and nurses are available to do diabetes and blood pressure checks.
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes mellitus describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).
Approximately 90% of all cases worldwide are type 2 diabetes.
People can control their type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and monitoring their blood glucose levels. However, type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease - it gradually gets worse - and the patient will probably end up taking insulin infections.
Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with a healthy body weight. People with a lot of visceral fat, also known as central obesity, belly fat, or abdominal obesity, are especially at risk. Being overweight/obese causes the body to release chemicals that can destabilize the body's cardiovascular and metabolic systems.
Being overweight, physically inactive and eating the wrong foods all contribute to our risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Drinking just one can of (non-diet) soda per day can raise our risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%, researchers from Imperial College London reported in the journal Diabetologia. The scientists believe that the impact of sugary soft drinks on diabetes risk may be a direct one, rather than simply an influence on body weight.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is also greater as we get older. Experts are not completely sure why, but say that as we age we tend to put on weight and become less physically active. Those with a close relative who has or had type 2 diabetes, people of Middle Eastern, African, or South Asian descent also have a higher risk of developing the disease.
Community Health Day allows individuals with type 2 diabetes to participate in variety of interactive learning sessions to take charge and better manage their disease, and prepare individuals at risk for developing disease to learn techniques to delay the onset. The day consists of presentations, exercise sessions, healthy lunch, and door prizes.