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4/9/16 Patti Speaks @ Greenville Health System Minority Health Summit

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    Legendary singer Patti LaBelle is the featured speaker at next month’s Greenville Health System Minority Health Summit.

    Diabetes is the focus of this year’s event, along with mental health. And LaBelle has become an advocate for managing the disease since she was diagnosed with diabetes after passing out on stage.

    About 22 million Americans have diabetes, which disproportionately affects African-Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    It is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney disease and amputations. And it’s the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina, with African-Americans twice as likely to die of it as whites, officials said.

    There are two forms of the disease.

    Type 1 usually occurs in young people although it can occur in adults as well, according to CDC. It’s an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the cells that make insulin.

    Type 2 diabetes can affect people at any age though typically at middle-age and older, according to CDC. It leaves the body needing more insulin than it can produce.

    And to stay healthy, diabetics must monitor their blood sugar regularly, eat a healthy diet and be physically active. Some need to take insulin injections or other medications as well.

    “It is troubling to review the numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes in our communities,” said Dr. Leon Buffaloe, an internist with GHS Family & Internal Medicine — Simpsonville, “but it’s even more alarming to learn about those who are not managing the disease and making the necessary lifestyle changes.”

    This year marks the 10th annual summit.

    “Throughout the year, we hear testimonials and stories about how the summit has changed lives, opened the doors for access to care and impacted the health of our community,” said Melinda Hudson-Gillispie, coordinator of the event. “People have left the summit motivated to get screened for various diseases and have changed their lifestyles.”

    The free event also will include a presentation about mental health and a panel discussion with GHS health care providers. The Crunk Cardio Team - a hip hop dance ministry — also will entertain.

    Last year’s summit featured Laila Ali, daughter of boxing great Mohammed Ali. Other speakers have included Maya Angelou, Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic gold medal swimmer Cullen Jones, and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

    The summit will be held on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the TD Convention Center.

    Learn more and register by calling 1-877-447-4636 or go to ghs.org/minorityhealthsummit

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