"The United States is currently facing an epidemic. According to a study conducted by health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, Inc., more than half of Americans will have diabetes or prediabetes by 2020," said Lynn Parker Klees, MA, RD, CDE, LDN of Penn State Hershey Diabetes and Obesity Institute, a speaker at its recent Diabetes Symposium.
The Diabetes Symposium was created to help health care professionals fight this widespread disease by providing them with the latest information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Nearly 300 health care professionals attended the 12th annual symposium on Saturday, November 19 through a teleconference. The symposium was held simultaneously at The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Pa., Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, Pa. and at Penn State Great Valley Campus, Malvern, Pa. Lecturers from the three sites took turns presenting.
"The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes is increasing at record rates, so teleconferencing the symposium allows more people to be exposed to important information," said Jan Ulbrecht, MD, medical director of Mount Nittany Diabetes Network and a moderator at this year's event. "People are looking for support from their primary physicians, and the symposium allows health professionals to interact with one another and learn how to better help our patients and community members either prevent diabetes or live a long, fulfilling life with minimal restrictions from the disease. It is a great local resource that helps to improve available care."
Presentation topics included: advances in diabetes technology, nutrition and methods of meeting diabetes management goals, managing diabetes on a low budget, practical strategies for insulin use, and type 1 and type 2 diabetes in pediatrics. A panel discussion was also held to answer any further questions on diabetes care.
The Penn State Hershey Diabetes and Obesity Institute established the Diabetes Symposium in 1999 and has since worked with Mount Nittany Medical Center and other institutions.
For more information on the diabetes services offered by Mount Nittany, please visit mountnittany.org or call 814.231.7095.