Mark your calendar for the 2016 Arkansas Diabetes Symposium scheduled for 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., Sept. 17 at the Little Rock Marriott, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock.

The focus of this year’s event is prevention, current treatments and comorbidities. Content is designed for family practice and primary care physicians, endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians and other health care professionals who care for type 2 diabetes patients.

The goal is to help professionals improve their clinical performance through increased knowledge and utilization of evidence-based treatments, tools and guidelines, early screening and diagnosis, and prevention strategies. Clinicians will be able to assess case studies using an interactive audience response system to increase knowledge, improve competence and help facilitate change in performance and professional practice.

Attendees will also learn to better recognize and manage exacerbating factors that hinder successful treatment of diabetes, including lifestyle, obesity and comorbidities. Diabetes prevention and lifestyle modification strategies are effective at preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.

This is a free CME/CNE/CDR activity and includes 4.5 Continuing Medical Education units.

The symposium agenda, which includes noted national experts in the field, will include:

7 a.m. – Registration and breakfast in the exhibit area

8 a.m.- Update on the Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity

8:15 a.m. – Prediabetes and Diabetes Prevention

9 a.m. – Managing Obesity as a Disease and Its Impact on T2DM: 2016 Evidence-Based Guidelines

9:45 a.m. – Pharmacology Update: Overview of Current Drug Classes, Treatment Options, Guidelines and the Emergence of Biosimilar Agents

10:45 a.m. – Gestational Diabetes in Arkansas: A Call to Action

11:15 a.m. – Managing Comorbidities: Cardiovascular Complications, Kidney Disease and Depression

11:45 a.m. – Pharmacology Update: Incretins, SGLT2s, and Insulin Therapies

12:30 p.m.- Panel discussion

Currently in the United States, nearly half of adults have diabetes or prediabetes. If trends continue it is projected that one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. Obesity or being overweight remains the number one risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In 2014, Arkansas had the highest obesity rates in the United States and was ranked fifth in having the highest type 2 diabetes rates. Arkansas also ranks in the top 5 of 21 states evaluated for gestational diabetes mellitus.

Register here or call 888-968-7231.

For hotel accommodations, call 877-759-6290 by Aug. 16 for a special room rate of $116 plus tax. Ask for “diabetes symposium.”