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Seminar aims to help medics tackle diabetes

The Bermuda Heart Foundation and New York-Presbyterian Hospital are partnering to host a seminar this weekend.

The seminar is intended to help local medical experts learn more about advancements in cardiology and nephrology.

Simone Barton, chief executive of the Bermuda Heart Foundation, said the seminar was important given the island’s high rates of diabetes.

She said: “We believe that if we’re going to be successful in reversing the increase of new diabetics and managing the current population with the disease, it is going to take a village.

“It is also going to take a multi-pronged approach because the complications from the disorder can be many.

“If uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, blindness, chronic pain and amputations.”

Ms Barton said that about 30 per cent of those with type 1 diabetes and up to 40 per cent with type 2 diabetes, eventually suffer from kidney failure.

She added: “Bermuda Heart Foundation stands as a strong advocate to making a difference and we firmly believe that the greatest benefits can be achieved with awareness and prevention.”

Several speakers are scheduled to take the stage as part of the seminar, including doctors Christopher Irobunda and David Serer from New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

The event will take place at the Hamilton Princess from 8am to 1pm.

To confirm attendance, call 232-2673 or e-mail info@bermuda heartfoundation.bm.

Simone Barton, chief executive of the Bermuda Heart Foundation (Photograph by Akil Simmons)