Nevada Diabetes Association, the Members of the Nevada Diabetes Council raises awareness of diabetic peripheral neuropathy

In Nevada, $181 million in health care expenses have been associated with DPN; DPN leading reason for leg amputation

To raise awareness of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN), Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a proclamation naming April 4, 2011, Diabetes Awareness Day in Nevada. April is Healthy Feet Month.

In honor of the day, and, more importantly, to raise awareness of DPN, the Nevada Diabetes Council will host a health fair Monday, April 4, providing education and information on DPN and diabetes.

The fair will take place at the Nevada Legislative Building — located at 401 S. Carson Street in Carson City, Nev.

In Nevada, $181 million in health care expenses have been associated with complications from DPN, which is the leading reason for leg amputation. DPN is life-threatening and debilitating. Eight percent of Nevadans have diabetes, and many have diabetes and don’t know it.

The Nevada Diabetes Association improves the lives of children and adults affected by diabetes through prevention, education and service. The organization is a member of the Nevada Diabetes Council and requested that this year’s event focus on the importance that Nevadans take care of their feet.

 Others expected to participate:

  • The Podiatry Society
  • Carson Tahoe Hospital
  • The Governor’s office
  • Clark County Health District
  • Washoe County District health Department
  • The American Heart Association
  • LEAP Alliance
  • Majority Leader Steven Horsford
  • Speaker John Oceguera
  • Additional members of the NDC
  • Schedule:
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The diabetes awareness health fair will take place in room 3100 of the Legislative Building.

    11 a.m. Attendees will leave to attend floor sessions, where a joint resolution will be presented to the Council.

    Noon. Dr. Jerry Reeves, president of the NDC and Chairperson, “iDo” Southern Nevada Diabetes and Obesity Committee, and Felicia Rodriguez-Marshall, a young woman who has diabetes and lost her foot as a result of DPN complications, will speak in room 3100.

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