Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2001
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
512-463-0127

Sen. Lucio to speak at Diabetes Seminar in Brownsville

AUSTIN, TX--State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, will be a featured speaker at the Diabetes "Threat to the Valley" program on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at the University of Texas at Brownsville, in the Lecture Hall of the Science Engineering and Technology Building, at 6 p.m.

Sen. Lucio will be discussing legislative initiatives intended to help decrease the incidence of diabetes, especially along the border. One of these is Senate Bill 1456, which he authored this past legislative session to establish a Pediatric Diabetes Research Advisory Committee that will analyze the impact of diabetes on the state.

Sen. Lucio decided to file the legislation after being informed that one out of 300 school-age children in this country has been diagnosed with diabetes.

The program will be presented to allied health professionals, nurses, pediatricians, endocrinologists and other healthcare practitioners. Diabetes is an increasing threat to the lower Rio Grande Valley. One of the program's goals is to present and discuss issues related to the increasing presence of diabetes among the population of the Valley and define the most current methodologies and principles of diabetic management and cure.

The three main objectives of the event are 1) to define and discuss the most current standards of care for Diabetes Mellitus (situation in which pancreas produce little or no insulin); 2) define and discuss the bases for patient treatment failure for insulin therapy, and; 3) define and discuss the issues relating to increasing obesity and DM among the children of the Valley.

"With proper management and treatment, I know we can reduce diabetes among both adults and children of the Valley," said Sen. Lucio. "Participating in this discussion is a high priority for me."

The symposium portion of the program begins at 6:30 p.m. and wraps up at 9:35 p.m.

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