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Diabetes Wellness Day Seminar - Saturday, November 9, 2013

8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Lunch is included. Alma D'Arte School, 402 W. Court, Las Cruces, NM 88005. The price is $12.00 per person. Guest speakers are: Sara Flores, MA, RD, LD; Dr. Brandon Hicks, OD; and Dr. Thomas Hanson, MD, F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. We will have the physician panel again this year! Those listed above, along with Andrew Lancaster, MD moderator and Marianne Day, DDS

You can download the registration form (PDF) or purchase your tickets securely online using the button below.

Risk of Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Quiz

  • Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? 1 point
  • Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes? 1 point
  • Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 point
  • Do you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 24? 5 points
  • Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no exercise in a typical day? 5 points
  • Are you between 45 and 65 years of age? 5 points
  • Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 points
If you have more than 9 points: You may be at risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes and may qualify for this program. To see if you qualify for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) call Karim Martinez at 575-525-6649 or email karmarti@nmsu.edu

The Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach {SNMDO} was formed in 1998 by local health professionals and other citizens who are dedicated to help prevent and manage diabetes. Our professional and trained volunteers are available to provide educational support groups, diabetes talks & screening services, free of charge. All income is generated through the fund raising projects, grants, the City of Las Cruces, the United Way of Southwest New Mexico Partnership and the generosity of donations.

What is diabetes?
  • Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar and other food into energy needed for daily life.
There are three different type of diabetes that can affect individuals:
  • Type 1 diabetes develops when the bodys immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that regulates blood glucose. The warning signs for type I diabetes are frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability. (ADA, 2011)
  • Type 2 diabetes usually begins as insulin resistance, a disorder in which the cells do not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the pancreas gradually losses its ability to produce it. The warning signs for type 2 diabetes are: any of the type 1 symptoms, frequent infections, blurred vision, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal; tingling/numbness in the hands/feet; recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections. Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms. (ADA, 2011)
  • Gestational diabetes is a form of glucose intolerance diagnosed in some women during pregnancy. (ADA, 2011)
Who is at risk?
  • Had gestational diabetes
  • Had a baby over 9lbs.
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Not physically active
  • Overweight or obese
How can you prevent diabetes?
  • Be active
  • Eat healthy
Diabetes Statistics
  • 25.8million: The estimated number of children and adults that have diabetes which is 8.3% of the population.
  • 79 million: The number of Americans with prediabetes.
  • $174 billion was what diabetes cost the U.S. in 2007.
  • Diabetes was a primary or contributing factor in 231,404 deaths in 2007
  • Diabetes is related to other diseases and problems such as renal disease, amputations, blindness and heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. and 6th leading cause of death in Doa Ana County New Mexico.
  • The prevalence of diabetes along the U.S. Mexico border is 16.1% compared to 8.3% in the U.S. population as a whole.
  • Hispanics are 1.7 times as likely to have diabetes when compared to non-Hispanic whites.
*Information taken from the CDC 2011 Diabetes Fact Sheet , American Diabetes Association Fact Sheet and The U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project initiated by the Pan American Health Organization 2003.
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