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ACE Diabetes To Host 3rd Annual Seminar For Healthcare Professionals


ACE Diabetes is hosting its 3rd annual complimentary seminar for healthcare professionals on November 13th at the New Providence Community Center on Blake Road. The event starts promptly at 6:30pm and includes dinner and drinks.

The theme for the seminar this year is “Mission Possible: Diabetes Down” and it will feature two presentations, both by highly regarded and accomplished medical professionals.

Dr. Charles Diggiss, Chief Medical Officer of Doctors Hospital and President/CEO of the MedNet Group of companies, will be speaking on the topic Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes. Specifically, he will be focusing on the question “Why should I have a gastric restrictive procedure to control my Diabetes and reverse my Obesity?”

Born and raised in The Bahamas, Dr. Diggiss is a General Surgeon, whose current practice features advanced laparoscopic applications. He has become one of the most respected names in bariatric surgery in The Bahamas. He pioneered in laparoscopic general surgery (1994) in the Bahamas and, he has the distinction of introducing the LapBand with its inventor Prof. Mitiku Belachew in 1998 in the Bahamas. Dr. Diggiss re-introduced the lapband in 2008 with the launch of his RITEWEIGH program.

Janine Sanchez will speak on Diabetes and Teens. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Diabetes at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has been involved in diabetes research including immune studies, prevention studies, insulin trials and psychological treatment studies.

Dr. Sanchez’s presentation will include case studies and will touch on many points including how to diagnosis diabetes in teenagers, basic insulin management, screening tests and risks of poor control, treatment, and available technology. Her objective is to provide the audience with the ability to distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in teenagers; understand basic management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in teenagers and; understand how to avoid risks of poorly controlled diabetes in teenagers.

“Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges we face in The Bahamas,” said Dr. Graham Cates, founder of ACE Diabetes, “but as healthcare professionals we can make a difference. A healthier population is mission possible.”

The free event is sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and The Diabetes Education Network (DEN).

Registration starts at 6:00pm, with the seminar officially commencing at 6:30pm, on Friday November 13th. Seating is limited so participants are encouraged to pre-register online at or by calling 242-702-9310.

Dr. Diggiss and Dr. Sanchez will also be participating in the ACE Diabetes Expo on Saturday, November 14th – a free fun-filled event featuring prizes and giveaways plus demonstrations in cooking, fitness, farming and more. They will both be available to answer questions from the public during “Ask The Experts” sessions.

ACE Diabetes is pleased and thankful to have both FirstCaribbean and DEN as sponsors of this healthcare seminar.

FirstCaribbean, one of the largest banks in the Bahamas, has always reflected a positive community spirit, supporting efforts to raise the public’s awareness on many health issues.

DEN was established in 2011 to address the overwhelming need in The Bahamas for quality treatment and care for people with Diabetes or at risk of diabetes. Leading the way in diabetes treatment and education in The Bahamas, DEN offers compassion combined with research based care.

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