Diabetes Forum Set For W.Va. Health Care Providers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- State and national health care providers are holding a forum in Charleston aimed at helping more than 234,000 West Virginians with diabetes.

The event focuses on prevention, education and health maintenance. It's set for Oct. 28-30 at the Embassy Suites.

The forum is designed for dentists, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers and educators.

Nutrition specialist Cindy Fitch, of the West Virginia University Extension Service, says diabetes is the state's leading cause of adult death, blindness, kidney failure and amputations.

Topics to be discussed this year include the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery, managing gestational diabetes and foot care.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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