WATERLOO — A new treatment for diabetes is the jumping off point to start a conversation about the disease Saturday morning.
Cedar Valley Focus on Diabetes is hoping to whet the appetite for information about diabetes with an informational panel on a new treatment in diabetes, the closed loop insulin delivery system. Bridget Saffold, an organizer of Focus on Diabetes, will moderate a panel with patients who have used the new treatment.
The event will go from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Waterloo Public Library, 415 Commercial St. It is free and open to the public.
“Saturday is having an open conversation regarding diabetic care management,” said Saffold, who is also a nurse. “If they want to learn even more about this and other ways to manage their diabetes, then they can come in September, but (this is) just kind of opening the conversation.”
Saffold said the new insulin pump treatment — which monitors glucose levels and automatically provides the appropriate level of insulin at the right time — came out this year. The event aims to shed light on whether it would be right for diabetes patients, whether they had heard of it and even a demonstration of its use.
“We like to engage people continuously leading up to that (September event),” Saffold said.
The Cedar Valley Focus on Diabetes will continue its educational series with its third annual health fair event in September. That will more generally address treatment and healthy options for people with diabetes.
It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St.
Saffold said previously that she is passionate about diabetes treatment not just because it touches her family personally but also because it can be a platform to talking about whole body health.
The events also are a way to reach people in a less stressful environment than a doctor’s office can present.