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Diabetes Patient Speaks out About Taking Control of Disease

The guest speaker for the upcoming Ocean Pines diabetes support group will be Saul Zuckman, an AIC Champion who will talk about how he lives with diabetes. The support group is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Library. Additional details:

WHO: Saul Zuckman will be speaking at Ocean Pines Library to share his personal experience with living with diabetes.

WHAT: Saul is a member of the sanofi-aventis A1C Champions Program®, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of their diabetes. They share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and their personal experience with diabetes.

Saul will talk about topics including:

• Achieving good glucose control
• Learning about effective self-management
• Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
• Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
• Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
• Finding resources for diabetes support

WHY: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 20 million Americans have diabetes — six million of whom are unaware they have the disease. The American Diabetes Association recommends that, in general, people with diabetes should initially strive for an A1C (a test that assesses blood glucose levels over a two- to three-month period) that is less than 7%. Alarmingly, more than 50% of diabetes patients are not in control of the disease. Even worse, a 2005 survey commissioned by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists found that 84% of type 2 diabetes patients surveyed believed they were doing a good job controlling their blood sugar even though 61% went on to say they did not know what an A1C test is.

If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is 7% or above, the A1C Champions® can provide motivation to take those first steps to a healthier life. Diabetes patients need to know they are not alone and there are people like Saul who can help them along their journey with diabetes.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 2, 2008
7:00 – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Ocean Pines Library – Large conference Room, 11107 Cathell Rd, Berlin, MD

One-on-one interviews and photo opportunities are available with Saul Zuckman.

For more information, contact Darby Schaub, diabetes education manager, at 410-641-9703.