Prince Albert To Host Diabetes Conference

Monday, March 20, 2006 at 14:29



The Canadian Diabetes Association will hold a major gathering in Prince Albert next month to discuss various methods Aboriginal people can use to control the disease.


The meeting will focus primarily on Type 2 diabetes, and how it can be controlled through both western and traditional Aboriginal means.


Association spokesperson Jan Johnson says First Nations and Metis people are three to five times more likely to contract Type 2 diabetes.


She says those numbers show that people in those groups need as much practical knowledge as they can get.


The gathering is still open to those people with Type 1 diabetes, and Johnson says methods to control it are very similar to what is done to manage the Type 2 variety.


However, she invites anyone in the Aboriginal community who has questions to register for the conference.


It will be held April 6th at the Art Hauser Centre.


The cost is $10, but Johnson says that can be waived upon request.