July 30, 2018

The effects of diabetes begin in the pancreas, making the body’s insulin ineffective to manage blood sugar. However, medical researchers are increasingly discovering how the rest of the body and mind are affected by this condition. The Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center seeks to address the multifaceted issue of diabetes self-management by hosting its annual conference, where leading health experts speak on topics to empower patients through education on a wide spectrum of relevant subjects, including reversing diabetes through a whole-food, plant-based diet.

The conference, titled “14th Annual Diabetes Conference: Tools to Empower your Patients,” was held at the American Bank Center on July 27 and 28. About 250 medical professionals, ranging from physicians to nurses to dietitians, attended the event.

“We are presenting a standard of care to health professionals that covers multiple issues of diabetes in their patients,” said Dr. Egbert Miranda Rodriguez, the conference’s course director. “This standard is presented in an easy-to-learn fashion for doctors, nurses and other health care workers who treat people with diabetes on a daily basis.”

Leading experts are set to speak on a variety of topics that are geared toward giving patients with diabetes the information they need to take control of their health. Dr. Anthony Lim, medical director of the California-based McDougall Program, is slated to give a lecture on reversing diabetes through healthy eating.

Conference attendees will also hear talks on managing diabetes through bariatric surgery, specific exercise regimens and treating depression, among other topics.

“By giving people the tools to make the right decisions concerning their health, they’re more likely to make better choices,” said Rodriguez.

The conference has been authorized by several accrediting boards to provide continuing education credits for certain health professionals.

-Les Cockrell