COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at University of Missouri Health Care sponsored a diabetes self-management seminar Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbia, 3301 Lemone Industrial Boulevard.
The event, titled “Setting the Stage: Diabetes Self-Management,” featured information and workshops on monitoring diabetes, meal plans, medications, exercise and more. The keynote speaker for the seminar was Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999. Johnson, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993, has served as an international consultant and advocate of diabetes issues such as awareness, prevention and early detection for more than 12 years.
“A decade ago seeing an adolescent or teenager with type 2 diabetes would have been rare, but now we see quite a few,” said Michael Gardner, M.D., an endocrinologist at MU Health Care. “This just shows that the number of diabetic patients we and other clinicians across the country diagnose and treat is rising. So it is extremely important to get the word out about prevention, early detection and proper management of diabetes, so that many of the complications that go hand-in-hand with this disease can be avoided.”