Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 10.2% of adults and children in the state of New Mexico. It is a growing epidemic that can affect anyone at any time. In order to combat the rising number of diabetes cases and prevent complications that can arise from the disease, it is crucial to provide those in need with access to specialized diabetes education.

On May 21st, Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), in partnership with, the University of New Mexico, Presbyterian Hospital, Diabetes Network, the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be hosting their renowned conference and health fair for people with diabetes at the Albuquerque Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mark Burge, M.D.,associate professor, Department of Medicine, will join other critically diabetes experts including Steven Edelman, MD, founder and director of TCOYD; Virginia Valentine, CNS, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE; Ivan Pinon, MD in presenting at the seminar.

The program will feature cutting-edge lectures and seminars, as well as special guests Kim Lyons, former fitness trainer on The Biggest Loser and Chef Robert Lewis, the happy diabetic. The conference will also include hands-on sessions focusing on fitness, diet, complications, the latest treatment options, screenings and more.

In addition, a health fair with more than 50 informational exhibits from national and local diabetes-related companies and organizations will be open throughout the day. A banquet-style lunch and healthy snacks will also be provided. “I strongly encourage people with diabetes, those at risk and their loved ones to attend this program. I invite them to take this day and dedicate it solely to their health,” says Dr. Edelman.

Pre-registration is recommended. Registration fees are $20 per person. Fees include a banquet lunch, healthy snacks and all conference activities. Financial assistance is also available by calling TCOYD. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $25. The conference is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To register or to get more information, call 800-998-2693 or visit http://www.tcoyd.org.