Shannon Medical Center will host the 2012 Diabetes Update on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the McNeaseConvention Center.
The informative seminar, which starts at 8 a.m., will feature expert speakers and topics including how diabetes affects the eyes with Dr. Edward Grimes, O.D.; healthy eating with diabetes, and stress reduction with yoga flow demonstration. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit with vendors during the event. The seminar is free of charge and is open to anyone affected by diabetes or interested in learning more about the disease and pre-registration is required. To register, call (325) 659-7194.

Diabetes is an important and timely topic as the disease epidemic is rapidly growing. According to the CDC, 25.8 million people in theU.S.have diabetes. More than 4,000 people are diagnosed daily with an estimated 18.8 million diagnosed. Unfortunately, 7 million people are not aware they have this disease. Common complications of diabetes include lower limb amputations, nerve damage, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke. With lifestyle changes and education, many people can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes among high-risk adults.