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Advocate Condell's free expo focuses on diabetes management

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To educate the community during Diabetes Awareness Month, Advocate Condell Medical Center is hosting a free Diabetes Expo that will include a physician lecture and Q&A, and vendors offering health and product information.

"Living with Diabetes" will be held from 6-9 pm on Monday, Nov. 5, at Advocate Condell's Conference Center, 700 Garfield Ave. in Libertyville.

The evening will begin with a lecture by Scott Jacobsen, DPM, Board Certified in Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Jacobsen will lecture on foot care and other issues commonly faced by diabetic patients.

"People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications. Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage, also called neuropathy, which results in loss of feeling in your feet. Poor blood flow or changes in the shape of your feet or toes may also cause problems," Dr. Jacobsen said.

Dr. Jacobsen will talk about preventing and treating foot problems. After his presentation, he will be joined by Advocate Condell's Diabetes Nurse Educator for a Q&A.

Guests also will have the chance to visit vendor booths, with representatives from medical supply companies, pharmacists, local grocers and others. The event also will include refreshments and giveaways.

The program is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request class SEDIABEX5.

Other community education programs being offered by Advocate Condell Medical Center include:

• "Don't Skip a Beat: Living with Atrial Fibrillation" will be presented on Monday, Nov. 12, at the hospital's Gurnee Centre Club, 1405 Hunt Club Road. Many people live with A-Fib --- the most common type of irregular heartbeat. A-Fib is a serious condition that can dramatically increase stroke risk, but it's sometimes difficult to diagnose. Mehran Jabbarzadeh, MD, Board Certified in Cardiac Electrophysiology, will outline symptoms of A-Fib and give tips on talking to your doctor about concerns. He'll also review the latest treatments, and answer questions from the audience. The lecture takes place at 6:30 pm. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request class 5C41.

• "Table Time with Family and Friends." Chef Ryan Hutmacher, CEO and Founder of Centered Chef, will teach participants how to create an honest-to-goodness family-style meal, with a focus on wholesome ingredients. "With the help of your family and friends on Thanksgiving, you'll have the nutritional "know how" and tools to prepare a more mindful meal, while still enjoying your guests," Hutmacher said. The program includes a registered dietitian to answer questions while Chef Ryan prepares mouth-watering samples. The program will take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Condell Conference Center. The cost is $15 per person, and space is limited. Register by calling 800-323-8622 and requesting class SEPTABLE5.

About Advocate Condell Medical Center

Advocate Condell Medical Center is the leading provider of comprehensive medical and surgical services in Lake County, with state-of-the-art heart, neurosurgical, maternity and emergency services. Condell's emergency department is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Lake County, Illinois. It also features the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in the county. Condell holds accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for cardiac patients, and is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Advocate Condell is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the Chicago metro area for superior results in patient safety and health outcomes.