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Experts will gather at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, Nov. 14-17, for the Global Diabetes Summit to discuss the latest diabetes research and develop a road map for the prevention, detection, treatment and management of the disease, which has been diagnosed in an estimated to 3 million black Americans and could be impacting millions more who are unaware they are diabetic.

African Americans are nearly twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to develop diabetes and 25 percent of black Americans ages 65-74 are diabetic.

Dr. Trudy Gaillard, an adjunct assistant professor in Nursing Undergraduate Studies and a research assistant professor in Endo, Diabetes and Metabolism at Ohio State and a leading researcher on the impact of diabetes on black people will be among the presenters at the conference which is being held during National Diabetes Month.

Gaillard has been a regular at the annual Tom Joyner Take a Loved One to the Doctor events, taking calls on the Dr. Day hotline and participating in other activities.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 3.2 million, or 13.3 percent of all African Americans aged 20 or older have diabetes and one in four black women over the age of 55 has diabetes.

Not only are black Americans more likely to get the disease, but related complications strike disproportionately as well. It is the No. 1 cause of blindness, kidney disease and amputations for black Americans and heart disease and stroke account for about 65 percent of deaths in people with diabetes and diabetics are also at a higher risk for stroke and death from stroke.

Children are particularly at risk of contracting diabetes because of the childhood obesity epidemic.

In a paper published in the research journal Healio Endocrinology/Endocrine Today, Gaillard noted the importance of diet and exercise in managing diabetes.

“Excessive weight (obesity) and lack of physical activity are two of the major factors associated with increasing metabolic syndrome risks. These two factors are increasing in both U.S. adults and children,” Gaillard wrote.

“Understanding how weight gain and lack of physical activity are associated with increased metabolic syndrome and CVD mobility and mortality are major public problems. Most studies have shown that increases in physical activity are associated with lower rates of metabolic syndrome and other CVD comorbid conditions. … This issue is particularly important in black women who report less leisure time physical activity compared to white women.”

In other words, there is a direct correlation between exercise and lowering or preventing incidences of diabetes and related conditions that could lead to death for those with diabetes.

Kirk Geter, D.P.M., assistant professor at the College of Medicine and chief of the Division of Podiatry at Howard University Hospital told in an earlier interview that a test for diabetes should be part of a routine physical for people how have a history of the disease in their families.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, Dominque Wilkins, an NBA legend and vice president of basketball for the Atlanta Hawks, and Oscar Joyner, president and chief operating officer of Reach Media Inc., the parent company of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and, will address the summit on their personal battles with diabetes and their successful management strategies.

This event is free, but registration is required. Register at

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One thought on “Dr. Trudy Gaillard Offers Road Map to Managing Diabetes

  1. Woodyprkrls on said:

    As Black male who contracted Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus for my 30th Birthday. I was on four to six shots a day for about ten years but yet I continued to work everyday to support and provide for my family. I was a IT professional for over 25 years in both private business and corporate America. FICA started taking money from me for Social Security starting at age 14 and have taken over $251,000.00 from me over my working career. I am a Type 1 diabetic being treated with a Medtronic Paradigm 715 Insulin pump. My A1C scores for just about my entire working career averaged over 10 and had been as high as 12. I have literally passed out and been revived from certain death eight times three times this past year. Back in December of this past year I had an incident in the basement of a clients home while testing her furnace for carbon monoxide. If not for the fact that her grandmother was diabetic and knew to give me some KARO Syrup I would not be her to write this post. After this incident my wife and doctor insisted that I stay home not work and manage my illness 24hours a day so as not to develop major complications with the neuropathy in my feet and lower legs, high blood pressure, rhetinopathy of my eyes and more importantly my hypoglycemia. So I filed again for my social security disability back in July and just got my second denial letter stating that my illness is not severe enough to warrant social security disability. This is the second time that Social Security is telling me to go back to work until I lose a leg, go on dialysis or lose my eyesight and even then it has to be severe enough to warrant disability. I can’t even get the money that I put in since the age of 14 but yet I am expected to work until 62 or 67 before being eligible. I am 52 now and have been fighting this illness for 22 years and only now in the last six months from stop working have my A1C score been below and 8 actually a 7.3. So with the average life expectancy of a healthy black male being I believe 62 why should anyone expect a Type 1 diabetic to work until 67. Not too mention if I go back to work now First of all I have to find a job with my current medical condition and if for some reason I pass out and am not fortunate enough to get revived than my wife would only be eligible for Widows benefits from Social Security which is considerably less than what I have even put into the program. So I am truly in the Mitt Romney 47% but I do not view myself as a victim of anything other than the distorted government agency whom when I was working led me to believe that those FICA deductions were good for me and would be there when I needed it most. Right now it is just a big lie. I have retained another Law Firm Binder&Binder in attempts to win on appeal or at least fight for what is rightfully mine. I want to point out that I am not the only minority that this is happening too a lot of minorities or led to believe that once they contract Diabetes they are treated as Type 2 Diabetics because of their weight problem but I am 5’8″ and weigh 178. Most of these doctors are prescribing pills to individuals who really need to be on Insulin and are led to believe that they can work a normal work life and not develop the major complications well I found out from my own experience that Type 1 diabetes is a 24/365 illness and must be treated as such. The whole system is designed to maximize the money for the doctors, attorneys and government officials so maybe we do need to privatize Social Security and give everyone their money to manage themselves since more than likely they will never see the vast amount that is being taken out for their so called senior years. Please advise me on what approach and strategy can we use to change Social Security for the millions of Diabetic Americans who have this disease?

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