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CLEARWATER – Morton Plant Mease will host a series of educational health seminars focusing on causes of diabetes, how to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and living with diabetes, as part of recognizing American Diabetes Month.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million Americans and by 2050, up to one-third of American adults will have diabetes. Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.

The following programs are scheduled:

• Living Well With Diabetes – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m., at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. This Seniors Health Awareness Resources and Education program is designed for older adults. Marcos Garcia, M.D., internal medicine, will discuss how diabetes affects other systems of the body and how keeping diabetes under control can influence overall health, including prevention and stress management. Attendees will get information about food selections and labels, weight loss, a diabetic diet and chair exercises. Also, free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings will be offered at this seminar.

• Avoid Diabetes with Diet and Lifestyle Changes – Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon, Aging Well Center, The Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. Valeria Perruci, M.D., internal medicine, will go over the risk factors for developing diabetes. Perruci will discuss how positive lifestyle changes and a healthy diet can reduce the risk for diabetes.

• Panel Discussion for Diabetes Patients – Wednesday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m., at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Understanding diabetes is the first step to managing it. Participate in an open panel discussion for the causes of diabetes, risk factors, warning signs and prevention tips. The panel will include Munira Siddiqui, M.D., endocrinologist; Sheryl Ferris, RN, CDE; and Schelaine Williams, RN, CDE.

To register for the seminars or for more information, call 953-6877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
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