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Thousands Pack Diabetes Expo At The Colorado Convention Center

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Volunteers at the Diabetes Expo (credit: CBS)

Volunteers at the Diabetes Expo (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – The American Diabetes Association showed off some inventive ways to help fight the disease at the Diabetes Expo at the Colorado Convention Center.

Saturday’s Diabetes Expo got off on the right foot. Thousands of people packed the convention center to learn more about the disease.

“I have Type 1 diabetes, and just gathering all the information about all the new stuff,” said one expo visitor.

“Basically wanted to get clarity on how to do more things to prevent it from impacting my family and children,” another said.

“It’s always changing and you always got to try to be ahead of it; keep on top of it,” another said.

One of the ways to keep on top of it is exercise. The latest exercise craze, Zumba, is helping people with diabetes control their sugar levels.

“Any exercise is terribly important if you have diabetes, because the heavier you are, the more sedentary you are and have insulin resistance,” an expert said.

CBS4’s Gloria Neal served as this year’s emcee, even testing out her own Zumba skills.

CBS4's Gloria Neal at the Diabetes Expo (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Gloria Neal at the Diabetes Expo (credit: CBS)

The Diabetes Expo is a one stop shop for everything diabetes, whether having it or not. On site health screening allowed people to check their blood sugar levels on the spot. The new technology gives hope to people learning to live with the disease for the first time.

Also at the expo was Safeway pharmacists who gave out free flu shots. People with diabetes are among those most at risk for contracting influenza and suffering serious complications.

LINK: Diabetes Expo

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