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Giving a workshop at TCOYD on diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Posted May 18 2011 8:26am

OK, I think I’ve never, ever traveled this much but Friday - just as I’m getting on East Coast time back from Asia - I’m off to Albuquerque, New Mexico to talk at a Taking Control of Your Diabetes  (TCOYD) event!

If you attend please do join Kim Lyons, fabulous fitness expert and former trainer on TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” and me at our workshop, “Take the Next Step: Get Motivated,” to learn more about painful Diabetes Peripheral Neuropathy (pDPN). 

This diabetes complication results from nerve damage and causes burning, tingling, stabbing and throbbing pain most often in the feet and/or hands - or it can leave you without any sensation at all. At worst without feeling in your feet, you can injure your foot and not know it, which can lead to a foot ulcer and amputation. pDPN affects more than 20% of people with diabetes.

While pDPN can interfere with every day activities, sleep and being active, there is help - simple exercises, medication if necessary, and discussing how to treat the condition with your doctor. You'll find more information here .

In our workshop I'll be sharing stories of some amazing people who live a full and active life with pDPN - like Tom who rode 70 miles on his bicycle to celebrate his 70th birthday and retired schoolteacher, Arlene, an active DESA  member, who's climbed all 46 Adirondack peaks and leads hiking tours. Kim will demonstrate exercises that can help one live more comfortably with pDPN. 

If you can't make it to Albuquerque, you can find Kim's exercise videos, management tips and guidance on how to speak with your doctor on the Take the Next Step web site.

If you miss this opportunity in Albuquerque, Kim and I will also be at TCOYD in Tampa, October 1 and San Diego, November 12th. We'd love to shake your hand if you attend. TCOYD events are a great one day health event all across the country for patients to learn more about taking care of their diabetes, and all for a very small fee.

I'm really excited to be part of this effort and hope to meet you somewhere along the way. “Take the Next Step: Get Motivated” was developed and supported through a collaboration with Pfizer Inc.

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