Take Charge of Diabetes

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A Seminar for Vets on Friday

Starting at 9:30am, on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Temple, part of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.  

The diabetes seminar will feature presentations from subject matter experts on diabetes self-management, medications, healthy coping, diet, and exercise.  Designed to partner with Veterans to achieve better diabetes control and reduce the complications of diabetes, the seminar will provide information, resources, and opportunities to register for additional education.

Dr. Srikanth Bandela, Chief of Ambulatory Care for CTVHCS is leading the seminar and says, “The VA is here to help with health improvement of all types, especially diabetes.  With lifestyle modifications in diet and exercise, as well as medication, diabetes can be well-managed throughout life.”

The Veterans Canteen Service will provide attendees with a healthy lunch, and several drawings for door prizes.

Veterans who have elevated hemoglobin A1c levels are especially encouraged to attend the seminar.  The National Institute of Health defines the A1C test as a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose (blood sugar), over the past 3 months.  The A1c test is the primary test used for diabetes management.  Diabetes is generally diagnosed if the A1c is 6.5% or above, with levels over 9% needing intensive treatment.