Diabetes: The New Epidemic
Catherine Gray CNS, BC-ADM, CDE of Diabetes Network, Inc.
Diabetes is sometimes called “the new epidemic.” Type 2 diabetes accounts for up to 95 percent of all diabetes cases and affects 8 percent of the population age 20 and older. More importantly, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes has tripled in the last 30 years.
As a business owner, why should you be concerned about this? For the same reasons you’re concerned about the spiraling costs of health care and how it impacts your bottom line!
At the conclusion of Gray’s interactive presentation, you will be able to differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and describe the increase of Type 2 diabetes in the US and worldwide. She will also discuss how employers have a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of their employees and improve business productivity by promoting healthy living.
Health care spending for people with diabetes is more than double what spending would be without diabetes. In fact, one out of every 10 health care dollars spent in the United States is spent on diabetes and its complications. But these cost estimates are just the tip of the iceberg. They do not account for the economic impact of higher rates of lost work time and disability for those with diabetes or its complications, like kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke. With diabetes, heart attacks occur earlier in life and often result in death. Conversly, at least 10 million Americans at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes can sharply lower their chances of getting the disease by practicing seven critical self-care behaviors.
Catherine Gray is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management, and a Certified Diabetes Educator who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1993.
Gray is CFO/COO and Co-owner of Diabetes Network, Inc., an independent diabetes education and management center. She has an acute understanding of diabetes and a passion for developing educational and health care delivery programs for the public and private sectors, both statewide and nationally.
Gray also serves as guest faculty for the University of New Mexico School of Nursing. As a consultant to the UNM School of Medicine pediatric endocrinology department, she also conducts a weekly clinic at Carrie Tingley Hospital. She is an experienced speaker at the national level on a wide range of diabetes related topics.
5:30 – 8:30 pm, Embassy Suites-Ocotillo Room
We meet at the Embassy Suites on Lomas, just west of I-25. The Ocotillo Room is at the north end of the building in the Conference Center.
Roundtable Discussions – 5:30 – 6:00 pm
- The Push to Reform Health Insurance Coverage in New Mexico – Celia Ameline, GEN 5 Development, LLC
- The New Mexico Health Plan: A Solution to Our Health Care Crisis – Jane Blume, Desert Sky Communications
- Life Options Academy – Jane Dixon
- The Longaberger Company – Lisa Godin
- Insurance One – Carol Guerra
- Total Body Wellness, LLC – Jeanette Harris
- Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions – Ellen Perrin
Advance Reservations Are Required by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 15, 2006
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- Meeting Cost: $27 members; $32 non-members
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