Diabetes expo goes tomorrow


Diabetes prevention and management is name of the game at the 2012 Diabetes Expo, entitled “Stamping Out Diabetes,” which will be held tomorrow (April 18) at the Adventure Inn ballroom here.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome to drop by between 4:30-8:30 p.m., said Cindy Gauthier, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with the local Valley Diabetes Education Centre.
And if people are there at 6:30 p.m., they can catch keynote speaker Grant Maltman, curator of the Banting House National Historic Site of Canada.
Gauthier said it is the 90th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and it’s likely Maltman will speak about that.
“It might not be as big a story as the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, but it’s pretty important to a lot of people,” she noted.
The expo will feature a series of exhibitors providing information on diabetes prevention and management, including companies which deal with diabetes-related technologies like insulin pumps.
People can expect to get plenty of information on everything from nutrition to diabetes-related health issues like blindness.
There also should be a few snacks for them to munch on.
“Trisha [Wood] and I have whipped up a nice little surprise for people they can grab a recipe for, as well, because we never want to completely deprive people, right?” said Gauthier.
“So, we have to find alternatives for people to feel like they’re having a treat but a healthier choice,” she reasoned.
“We’ve whipped up some samples—delicious little treats.”
Gauthier said the expo is equally valuable to both those with diabetes and those who may be at risk.
“It’s the same, lifestyle-wise,” she explained. “Treating Type 2 diabetes is also what we do to prevent it.
“If they get an earlier start, then so much the better.”
For more info, call 274-4828.