/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Diabetes Conference Draws International Experts to Montreal/

                           October 16 to 18, 2008

       Highlights of conference include presentations on the increasing
             prevalence of diabetes in Canada, obesity management
                        and the economics of diabetes

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ -

    What:     More than 100 Canadian and international experts will present
              the latest advances in diabetes research, prevention and
              management at the 12th Annual Canadian Diabetes
              Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism
              Professional Conference and Annual Meetings

              Media are invited to attend select sessions for interview
              opportunities with the experts presenting at this year's
              conference. Advance interviews with presenters may also be
              available for interested media.

    Where:    Palais Des Congrès du Montréal, 1001, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle,
              Montreal, Quebec

    When:     Thursday, October 16 to Saturday, October 18, 2008

    Why:      The Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of
              Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference and Annual
              Meetings brings together more than 2,500 diabetes clinicians,
              researchers and educators from across Canada and around the
              world to share their knowledge, ideas and experience in

    Select conference highlights include:

    Supply and Demand: A Growing Divide in Diabetes Care in Canada in the
    21st Century (Friday, October 17)

    The growing epidemic of diabetes in Canada can be attributed to a number
of factors including: an aging population, the increasing prevalence of
obesity, sedentary lifestyles and the growth of high-risk populations. Dr.
Stewart Harris, Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management,
University of Western Ontario (UWO), and Professor of Family Medicine,
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Endocrinology at UWO's Schulich School of
Medicine and Dentistry will present on the prevalence of diabetes at a time
when most communities are experiencing shortages of family physicians. Dr.
Harris will also discuss the needed strategies to ensure the projected
dramatic increases in diabetes and complications are not met with dramatic
decreases in the physician workforce.

    Why Weight Loss is Not Obesity Treatment (Thursday, October 16)

    Obesity is a complex disorder characterized by progressive accumulation
of excess body fat that threatens or affects mental, physical or socioeconomic
health and well-being. Dr. Arya M. Sharma, head of the Canadian Obesity
Network and medical director of the Edmonton region's Weight Wise program,
will speak about how the challenge of obesity management lies not in producing
weight loss, but in preventing weight regain.

    Economics of Diabetes Care (Thursday, October 16)

    Chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,
impart a major health burden in terms of economical, clinical and humanistic
outcomes. Jeff Johnson, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of
Alberta and Institute of Health Economics, will discuss how, as the prevalence
and severity of diabetes increases with age, the "greying" of the population
will likely increase the societal burden of the consequences of diabetes. Dr.
Johnson and his colleagues have evaluated the cost of care from the
perspective of the provincial Ministry of Health, accounting for physician,
hospitalization, drug use, dialysis and day surgery. Comparisons are made for
people with diabetes living in urban and rural settings and by First Nations

    Sexual Dysfunction in Women with Diabetes: Hear No Evil, See No Evil and
    Speak No Evil (Friday, October 17)

    Diabetes is known to be a major cause of impaired sexual function -
especially men have shown to have an increased risk of erectile dysfunction
(ED). Although women with diabetes have similar rates of cardiovascular and
neurologic complications as men, is there a similar risk of sexual
dysfunctions? Sexual functioning of women with diabetes has received far less
attention in research. Dr. Paul Enzlin, Department of Psychiatry, University
Hospital Gasthuisberg and Institute of Family and Sexuality Studies, Catholic
University, Leuven, Belgium, will present the impact of diabetes on female
sexual functioning and reasons why the study of women has so lagged behind
that of men.

    Bariatric Surgery in Pediatrics (Thursday, October 16)

    Over the past 30 years, we have witnessed an epidemic of adult and
childhood obesity. Dr. Thomas H. Inge, Attending Surgeon, Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center and Associate Professor, Department of
Pediatrics and Surgery will discuss the anthropometric, metabolic and health
outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery. It has been well-documented that
pediatric obesity is poorly responsive to most weight loss interventions
targeting the individual or family in our increasingly toxic environment. If
interventions at the societal, family or individual level have not yielded
significant or durable weight reduction for obese children, then what
treatments work?

    ACCORD Study Results (Thursday, October 16)

    While the link between cardiovascular disease and diabetes is clear, it
is still unknown whether targeting elevated glucose in either non-diabetic or
diabetic patients may prevent cardiovascular events. In this presentation, Dr.
Hertzel Gerstein will review the results of the ACCORD study, which recently
reported on the effect of intensive glycemic control on total mortality and
cardiovascular disease.

    Rethinking the "Health" in Healthcare (Thursday, October 16)

    Since the beginning of the millennium, there has been increasing
recognition of the urgency around re-orienting our healthcare system towards
the prevention and management of chronic disease. Ene Underwood, MBA, will
explain how a major untapped lever in our goal of reducing the burden of
chronic disease on individuals and society is to more actively engage
Canadians in their health - and that healthcare providers are in powerful
positions to engage this lever.

    Food Politics: Challenging our Environments (Thursday, October 16)

    Our food (and our physical activity) environments are shaped by many
different factors, such as our home, work and school environments, whether we
live in an urban or rural community, infrastructure built by our regions and
levels of government, trade rules, media, marketing, weather and even the
company we keep. Dr. Diane T. Finegood, Scientific Director, Institute of
Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), will discuss how what you can do to
improve your food and physical activity environments depends on such factors
as who you are, where you live, your age, gender, level of education and

    Young Scientist Award Lecture: Health Outcomes Research: Aiming to
    Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Diabetes Care (Friday, October 17)

    Diabetes represents a tremendous burden on individuals, our health care
systems, on public health and on society. Efforts to improve the care and
management of people diagnosed with diabetes are essential. In this lecture,
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson will review his program of research that has generated new
knowledge about safety, efficacy and efficiency of strategies to improve
health outcomes for type 2 diabetes.

    Healthy Buddies: Empowering Elementary School Children to Live Healthier
    Lives (Thursday, October 16)

    Healthy Buddies(TM) is a teacher-guided program which empowers elementary
school children to live healthier lives by providing them with knowledge
about, as well as encouraging positive attitudes toward, the three components
of health: physical activity, healthy eating and feeling good about yourself.
Dr. Sue Stock, Pediatric Endocrinologist at BC Children's Hospital and
Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia, will present the
positive results and follow-up studies of the Healthy Buddies(TM) pilot
program with David Barnum, specialist in elementary science and past president
of the BC Science Teacher Association, and Valerie Ryden, elementary school
physical education specialist and initial educator of the BC Children's
Hospital team.

For further information:

For further information: For interviews with any of the featured
speakers, or for more information, please contact: Jennifer Dolan, Marie-Anne
Grondin, Edelman, (416) 979-1120 ext. 257, (514) 844-6665 ext. 246,
jennifer.dolan@edelman.com, marie-anne.grondin@edelman.com; Onsite: Jeremy
Brace, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 671-2155,

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