Diabetes Expo targets Black Caribbeans

Research has shown a large number of Canadians of Caribbean origin are diabetic or prone to diabetes.

In an effort to prevent and manage this disease, the Canadian Diabetes Association and its Caribbean Diabetes Chapter is hosting the sixth-annual Black Diabetes Expo, slated for Saturday, April 25, at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have difficulty getting to the location, a free shuttle bus will run from TAIBU Community Health Centre in Malvern (available with pre-registration).

The event also offers a trade show featuring diabetes-related information, products and services, free kidney disease and CANRISK screenings and opportunities to speak one-on-one with local dietitians, pharmacists and foot-care specialists.

A number of presentations are scheduled throughout the day including “Taking control of your blood pressure will control your diabetes management” by Dr. George Dresser, clinical pharmacologist, Western University; “Medications used for controlling high blood pressure” by Ann Petgrave, William Osler Health System and the  new Diabetes Charter for Canada.

There will also be a healthcare expert panel discussion featuring Paulette Lewis, nurse practitioner, Renal Program, the Scarborough Hospital; Dr. Paul Galiwango, cardiologist; Kathy Nelson, registered nurse, certified diabetes educator and Ann Petgrave, clinical pharmacist, certified diabetes educator.