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Those coping with diabetes can learn to live well and stay healthy at any age and weight with the help of the Take Control of Your Diabetes Conference Saturday, Oct. 28.

The event, featuring leading experts in diabetes care, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. It is being co-directed by Sheri Colberg, associate professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University.

The conference will provide practical advice for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Attendees will learn about developments in treatment, and speak one-on-one with diabetes specialists, including physicians, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, dieticians, educators and foot specialists.

Topics include: nutrition; hypoglycemia issues; insulin therapies; and treatments for the affects of diabetes on the heart, nervous system, emotional health and eyes.

A health fair featuring informational exhibits will be open throughout the day. Lunch is included and will feature guest speaker Missy Foy, ultra-distance runner, and advocate for people with diabetes.

Colberg will discuss her prescription for living well according to her book The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan: Living Well and Being Fit with Diabetes, No Matter Your Weight (Marlowe & Company Jan. 2006).

Colberg, who has Type 1, childhood diabetes caused by the autoimmune system destroying insulin-producing cells, writes mainly about Type 2 diabetes, which people generally get as they age, gain weight and slip into sedentary lifestyles.

Pre-registration is recommended. Early registration fees are $30 for one person, or $25 when two or more people register together. Registration fees include lunch, healthy snacks and all conference activities. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 and costs $40. Financial aid is available for all who need assistance.

For more information, please visit www.tcoyd.org or call 1-800-998-2693.

This article was posted on: September 27, 2006

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