Taking Control of Diabetes

Taking Control of Diabetes

Minister Houston McClendon made some opening remarks concerning Diabetes. The Diabetes Education and Resource Program was held at the King Solomon Baptist Church. Photo by Floyd Miller Dr. Tina Fitts, coordinator of the event, welcomed the crowd and introduced the sponsors. Fitts is employed by Reliant Hospital and is also President of the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. .Photo by Floyd Miller {{more}}Dr. Clevis Parker, MD. emphasized that patients need to be compliant with their physicians treatment plans. Photo by Floyd MillerRosie Murrell was the Keynote Speaker. She is known as an A1C Champion. This means that she has her blood sugar under control. Murrell has been a diabetic for 26 years but has only had it under control for 6 years. She said that at one time she weighed over 500 lbs. and was bed ridden. Photo by Floyd MillerDr. Tim Bumann, D.O., a wound care specialist at Abilene Regional Medical Center, said that it is very important to take care of your feet. He said that diabetics’ amputation rate is 5 times that of other diseases. He encouraged individuals to make sure they are wearing the proper shoes. He also said, for the diabetic, “Every day is a new victory.” Photo by Floyd MillerTara Regala, CLT, PT with Reliant Hospital, emphasized exercising. She said, “You might start exercising every time a commercial comes on TV. Other forms of exercising could be playing with the dog, gardening, raking leaves and house work.” She also said that you may want to consider a more formal exercise program such as weights, the gym, etc. Photo by Floyd MillerAngie Lord, RDN, LD,  emphasized smaller portions and plate sizes. She said a 9 inch plate is about the right size. Photo by Floyd MillerChef Bobby Larry Jr., CDM, CFPP with Abilene Regional Medical Center, prepared some delicious healthy dishes for those in attendance. Larry prepared some sugar free desserts but you could not tell they were sugar free. Photo by Floyd MillerDidera Wheeler with Nikki’s Swirl Shoppe was on hand. They have a lot of sugar free flavors that diabetics could enjoy. Photo by Floyd MillerSouthwest Home Health Care was one of the sponsors. Mrs. Tonya Hunter is the owner. Photo by Floyd MillerAngie Lord, RDN, LD with Abilene Regional Medical Center, talked about proper nutrition that includes delicious vegetables. Photo by Floyd MillerThe attendees listened intently as the speakers discussed how to best take care of diabetes or prevent it. Photo by Floyd Miller