U.Va. Institute on Aging Hosts Program on Avoiding Diabetes and Its Complications

September 24, 2009 — Dr. Eugene Barrett, director of the University of Virginia Health System's Diabetes Center, will present "How Do We Avoid Diabetes and Its Complications as We Age?" on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel.

This lecture continues "Aging 101," a community lecture series featuring U.Va. faculty members describing their research and its implications in key topics related to aging.

Barrett, a professor of medicine, will discuss factors that put people at risk for developing diabetes, and will present results from a number of studies demonstrating how to prevent or delay the development of diabetes in people at risk. He also will review how lifestyle changes can help control the disease and the development of its complications.

Among his many professional responsibilities, Barrett has served on the national board of directors of the American Diabetes Association, including terms as vice president and president. He is included in "America's Top Doctors," a book recognizing physicians considered among the top 1 percent in the nation in their specialties.

More than 23 percent of Americans 60 and older have diabetes, a total of almost 24 million people. Diabetes is associated with an increased risk for a number of serious, sometimes life-threatening complications, including heart disease and stroke. The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2007 was estimated at $174 billion.

The lecture and parking are free, but registration is required. Online registration is available at www.virginia.edu/aginginstitute, by phone at 434-243-5695, or by e-mail at uvaging@virginia.edu.

Joining the Institute on Aging as sponsors for this event are the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and the Senior Center.