Local Event Fights Back Against Diabetes

Carlos Villalobos

cvillalobos@newscenter25.com

Updated: 11/09/2013 11:15 pm

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Donna Hinman is at the Crossroads Diabetes Expo. No, she doesn't have diabetes, but as she see it having knowledge about something that is so common among people her age is critical.

"I'm not a diabetic now, but I figure all old people are going to be diabetic eventually and I wanted to know how to eat correctly," Hinman said.

The expo was hosted by Victoria Regional Health Alliance and it's the first year the event has ever been held.

The event came packed with different classes that showed those who attended a wide variety of ways to manage diabetes.

The classes ranged from what kinds of foods to eat and to what medications work best, all with the sole purpose of educating those in the crossroads.

Dottie Bitterly is a ceritified diabetes educator. She says roughly 18% of people in Victoria County have diabetes, which is higher than other counties.

Her main focus with the expo is to educate the community.

"If we have helped one person understand how to prevent foot complications, or heart disease, or anything like that then we have done our jobs. We are here for every individual," Bitterly said.

Hinman said she has seen first hand how diabetes can cause problems and believes its a major problem in the crossroads.

She hopes others become more educated so they can be better prepared to deal with the disease.

"More and more of us are getting diabetes and if we can prevent it, I think we would be better off then after you get it to better know what to do," Hinman said. 
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