Humboldt General Hospital's Diabetes Support Group will welcome Dr.
Cody Bengoa next week.
Dr. Bengoa, a local optometrist, will present "Diabetes and Eye Health"
from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the hospital's Sonoma
Diabetics, pre-diabetics, caregivers and those who are interested in preventing
diabetes are invited to attend.
The Diabetes Support Group is led by Humboldt General Hospital Wellness
Coordinator Louis Mendiola and Humboldt General Hospital Director of Nutrition
and Dietary Services Tiffani Nalivka.
Mendiola said diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. "Come
and hear Dr. Bengoa discuss how to prevent vision loss if you or someone
you know has diabetes."
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that nearly 27
percent of Americans over the age of 65 and nearly 9 percent of America's
total population currently has diabetes.
"Diabetes not only impacts those with the diagnosis," said Mendiola,
"but it severely impacts our community as a whole. We want to help
our community combat this deadly disease."
The Diabetes Support Group not only provides a casual setting in which
participants can ask questions, but the program features speakers, like
Dr. Bengoa, who can address more specialized topics.
"With the help of physicians, podiatrists, dentists, fitness gurus,
and a slate of other experts, we are able to deliver some very powerful
education, and that education will help curb the serious and widespread
impact of this disease process," said Mendiola.
For more information, please contact Humboldt General Hospital Wellness
Coordinator Louis Mendiola at (775) 623-5222, ext. 258, or via email at