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Diabetes expo slated next week

The Canadian Diabetes Association will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of insulin during its 2012 Diabetes Expo, which will make a stop in Fort Frances on Wednesday, April 18 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Adventure Inn ballroom.

The discovery of insulin has been hailed as the most significant medical discovery in Canadian history.

The expo will feature a keynote speaker, risk assessment, and trade show featuring vendors and products such as blood glucose meters and insulin pumps.

As well, Grant Maltman, curator of the Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, the “birthplace of insulin,” will present “Stamping Out Diabetes.”

Maltman will review the pre-Banting era and the discovery of insulin, and conclude with a brief commentary describing how the values of research and the importance of diabetes management from Banting’s perspective is as relevant today as it was more than 90 years ago.

Admission to the expo is free and everyone is welcome.

Three million Canadians live with diabetes while another six million have pre-diabetes. Here in Northwestern Ontario, there are nearly 26,000 people living with diabetes and that number continues to grow.

Ninety percent of people with diabetes have type 2, which can be prevented or delayed through proper nutrition and exercise.

This year, the Canadian Diabetes Association will spend more than $7 million on research.

Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association is leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure.

Visit diabetes.ca, join us on Facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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