Thursday, January 30, 2014

Good Webinars From the Canadian Diabetes Association Interhelp Programme

I decided to participate in a series of monthly webinars sponsored by the above.  It is very easy to do.  All you need is a computer that supports the Adobe upgrades and a telephone line.

Last night's webinar was about Diabetes and your eyes.  While it didn't tell me a lot more than I had all ready been told by my optometrist, it did fill out some of the gaps in my information.  It was interesting to learn what some of the new testing techniques are all about, what exactly the doctors are looking for in the photos of your eyes.  What interested me the most was how many eye diseases are either the result of, or worsened by diabetes.

The other information that was very good to get, although it was the most frightening as well, was a series of statistics about what percentage of diabetics tend to develop what eye problems, as well as the fact that most of these eye problems become common among diabetics who have had the disease between 12 and 15 years.

There was good basic information given about necrovascular glaucoma, cataracts, macular edema and the most serious, diabetic retinopathy.  Some of these problems do not present with discernable symptoms to the patient and can only be detected during annual eye examinations.

I also learned that each one point drop in a diabetic's A1C test can drop their probability of some of these eye problems by as much as 17%.  That is another motivating factor for me to work very hard to keep my test results under 7.

I learned that the Manitoba provincial health care plan covers part of the cost of diabetic eye examinations, while Saskatchewan's does not.

 The webinar was only 1 hour in length, just long enough to sit still and just enough information given to absorb and take notes about.  Apparently if the participants would like the slides that were used in the presentation they are available to us.  At the end of the presentation our telephones were unmuted by the presenters and we were able to ask questions, or just type them into a small screen beside the slide presentation on our monitors and have them answered by the presenters.

I enjoyed it and will definitely sign up for the next one on February 26 on Diabetes Burnout.

This is a 6 month series of webinars for Type 1 diabetics and type 2 diabetics covering a range of topics. They are on Wednesday evenings once a month at 7pm Central Time.  You can register for the rest of either of the series or both of them (plus get additional information) at the following link:

www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-webinars

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