Stick it to diabetes with management tips from annual health fair

November 2, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

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For college sophomore Alex Rogosch, managing his diabetes has become easier in recent years — thanks to an annual UMHS event.

After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 18 months old, Alex learned several years ago to give himself insulin and check his blood sugar levels. Much of his education came at the U-M Diabetes Health Fair, which he attended for many years with his mother, Danielle Rogosch, a registered nurse and diabetes educator at UMHS.

“As Alex has shown, education is the key to successfully managing diabetes,” Danielle Rogosch said. “This fair is a way for anyone — whether they have diabetes or not — to learn tips and tools to stay as healthy as possible.”

This year’s fair runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ann Arbor Sheraton and is part of UMHS’ National Diabetes Awareness Month celebration. It is open to all UMHS employees, their families and the general public. Throughout the day, fair attendees will be able to:

  • Undergo free health screenings for blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and more. Health care professionals will also provide free medication reviews.
  • Learn more about type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy (also known as gestational diabetes).
  • Attend presentations by experts in the diabetes field, including Andrew Kraftson, M.D., assistant professor of endocrinology and internal medicine at UMHS, and representatives from the American Diabetes Association. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • Watch food demonstrations, sample delicious recipes and learn tasty tips to cook diabetes-friendly meals at home.
  • Check out new technological advancements in diabetes treatment.

After meeting experts and representatives from a number of medical device companies at the fair a couple years ago, Alex adopted a new, state-of-the-art insulin pump that is easy to use and allows him to replenish his insulin once every three days as opposed to once a day.

“It’s made my life a lot easier,” Alex said. “To see the different pump options and how they work went a long way for me.”

An estimated 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes and 14 adults are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every five minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Attending an event like the U-M Diabetes Health Fair not only helps people learn about their condition, but also helps them feel less alone in their effort to control it. Alex said the face-to-face interactions with others who have diabetes and their families make the health fair worthwhile.

“Talking to people and learning their stories and how they manage their symptoms is really helpful to me,” Alex said. “They may have a tip or technique that works for them that I never would have known about if I didn’t attend. The fair has helped me control my diabetes in the best way possible.”

If you have any questions or want more details, check out the event website

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