Following the rousing success of its past expos, ACE Diabetes is proud to announce its 4th Health Expo set for Saturday November 30 from 10am to 2pm at the Baha Mar Convention Center.

The expo is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme for the expo is “Know Your Numbers” — and aims to spread awareness about the importance of knowing the numbers that can help you monitor your health — numbers like your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.

Why do the numbers matter?

Because an alarming number of Bahamians are living with diabetes and an alarming number don’t even know they have it. The International Diabetes Foundation reported that The Bahamas has about 35,000 cases of people living with diabetes – and this number does not include people who are pre-diabetic.

As in previous years, the expo will focus on all aspects of diabetes, including prevention, management and treatment, as well as other chronic health conditions plaguing our nation.

“It isn’t just about diabetes,” said Nurse Anita Cates, ACE Diabetes co-founder. “The aim of this expo is to increase awareness about chronic illness and to help the community make better, healthier lifestyle choices. We want people to have fun as they talk with the experts, get screened, and explore the wealth of resources and demonstrations.”

The ACE Diabetes Health Expo will bring together a variety of organizations within the community to present information about health-related products and services.

“These events have been extremely well-attended, with a mixture of children and adults from all walks of life, it’s fantastic to see all of the families that come out,” Nurse Cates said. “There will be tons of prizes and giveaways, a grand raffle, demonstrations, presentations, free routine testing and health screenings, including for sleep apnea; foot screening; eye screening; physiotherapy assessments, and so much more. We have something for everyone!”

ACE Diabetes was established in 2012 to address the overwhelming need in The Bahamas for diabetes awareness and the challenge of managing diabetes on a daily basis. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to come out, have fun, get screened, and talk to experts.

“There is power in knowing your numbers – knowing the state of  your health can help you make informed decisions about preventing health problems, or treating issues before they become more serious,” said family physician Dr. Graham Cates, ACE Diabetes founder and president.

“The good news is that there are now more options than ever for management, prevention and healthy living,” Dr. Cates said. “We look forward to showing you how to lead a healthier lifestyle by Knowing Your Numbers. Come see us at the ACE Diabetes Health Expo on November 30!”