According to the American Diabetes Association, some 24 million people in the United States live with diabetes. Another 57 million Americans are at risk of developing the disease. And if things continue in this direction, one in three children that are born today will likely deal with diabetes in their lifetime.

It’s because these statistics are so shocking that we should learn more about diabetes and stop the trend. ‘Education is the most effective way to control this disease,’ said Dr. Gina Barta, a family practice physician with the Tahoe Truckee Medical Group, who will be giving a talk about diabetes at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance on Thursday, Nov. 18. Barta will discuss diabetes, its complications, and prevention tips.

Type 2 diabetes, where you develop a resistance to insulin, is directly related to obesity, said Family Nurse Practioner Chris Spencer, who is the director of community health at Tahoe Forest Hospital. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and getting regular exercise are the best ways to prevent the disease, Spencer said.

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Tahoe Forest Hospital sees a fair amount of diabetes cases in the region, according to Spencer, though the incidence of the disease is not any higher than other areas.

At her presentation, Barta will discuss how to set realistic goals for physical activity. She will hand out healthy holiday recipes and provide information on weight loss and exercise classes. Barta’s most important piece of advice — pay a visit to your primary care physician.

Info: Dr. Gina Barta will be speaking about diabetes, the risks it poses, and how to prevent the disease on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. (530) 587-3769

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