Managing elders’ diabetes is focus of Aug. 22 health care professional conference

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 19, 2008)—Health care professionals and workers in related fields are invited to attend the 29th Annual Conference on Aging this Friday (Aug. 22) at the Hilton San Antonio Airport hotel, 611 N.W. Loop 410 in San Antonio.

The theme is “Current Perspectives and New Horizons in Diabetes Management.” The event is presented by the UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s South Texas Geriatric Education Center; the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System; and Veterans Integrated Service Network 17.

The keynote speaker, William Duckworth, M.D., from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix, Ariz., will discuss glucose control and cardiovascular disease prevention, including results of the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial. That large research study, not yet published, is comparing the effect of intensive versus standard glycemic control on cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Another speaker is Michael Parchman, M.D., a UT Health Science Center faculty member and director of the VERDICT Research Program of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, who will discuss implications of the chronic care model for diabetes in the elderly.

For more information, contact Natalie Wright at (210) 567-7439 or Conference brochures and registration information are online at

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