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Type 1 diabetes workshop to be held at Renown Regional Medical Center



renown_brochure_091006_b-34Parents and caregivers of children with Type I diabetes are invited to attend “Children with Type I Diabetes – What Every Parent & Caregiver Needs to Know” Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at Mack Auditorium in Renown Regional Medical Center, 1155 Mill Street.

Led by area specialists from multiple disciplines, the intention of the workshop is for parents, childcare providers, teachers and healthcare providers to better understand how Type I diabetes affects children.

Speakers for the workshop are pediatric endocrinologist Kathryn L Eckert, MD; psychologist Steven Graybar, PhD; pediatrician Kathleen O’Connor, MD; Sandy Davis, RN; certified diabetes educator Patty Sichermann, RN and clinical research coordinator Anna Zucker.

Topics will include troubleshooting diabetes; sick day management; insulin adjustment; psychological issues associated with diabetes; what parents and caregivers can do to help a child with diabetes, new technologies, diabetes clinical trials, concurrent medical issues and psychosocial issues.

Type I diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only five to ten percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with Type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.

Cost for the conference is $25 a family. People interested in registering should call 775-333-8000.

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