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Open Q & A and Tour de Cure - Joy Valvano, C.D.E., Unity Diabetes & Endocrinology Center and Kelley Ligozio, Assistant Director, Tour de Cure, American Diabetes Association, May 6, 2014

Sharon@Unity:
Welcome to the Unity Diabetes Online Community! I’m Sharon Spear, a certified diabetes educator at Unity Diabetes & Endocrinology Services, and I’ll be hosting tonight’s chat. I am glad you could join us! Our special guest this evening is Kelley Ligozio, Associate Director, Tour de Cure, American Diabetes Association. We also have a few members of Unity’s Tour de Cure team on hand to share their stories and tips. We’re excited to answer all of your questions.
Sharon@Unity:
Before we get started let me just tell you how I’ll address your questions and comments today. I answer questions one at a time, in the order that they are posted to the site, and there might be a slight delay as I respond to each question. It may take a few minutes for me to type answers to your questions, so please stay logged-in to the chat to see my response, even if it takes a few minutes. And you might need to refresh every few minutes to keep up with the latest posts in the chat
sassy35:
When is the Tour de Cure this year?
kelley@ada:
It's Sunday June 8 at Monroe Community College
Sharon@Unity:
How do I register?
kelley@ada:
You can register online at diabetes.org/rochestertour and, this evening, you can register for only $7.50 using the discount code ROC in all capital letters
kelley@ada:
Finally with the spring-like weather it's time to wipe the dust off the bikes and get out and ride!
Sharon@Unity:
Can I ride with a few family friends or do I need to be on a team
kelley@ada:
You can join us for any of our FREE outdoor training rides every Wednesday and Thursday
jack34:
Hi Ladies - since the first of the year, my morning "fasting" readings have averaged 146, and my April A1C reading was 7.9. My Dr. changed meds to Glimepiride 4 mg and Metformin HCL 1000 mg, each twice per day. My fasting readings since the start of them Apr 28, have averaged 119. This is good, but today I had a low reading of 80 just before dinner (ice cream and potato chips as a snack). Do you think the new meds might be giving me too low glucose readings?
kelley@ada:
You can ride with friends or as a team!
Sharon@Unity:
I noticed you will be doing a training ride at Mendon pond tomorrow
kelley@ada:
Wednesdays we leave from Basil Morella Park in Greece, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays we take off from the Beach Parking Lot in Mendon Ponds Park.
Sharon@Unity:
Hi Jack, continue to test your blood sugar, a number below 70 is getting too low, and you must treat with fast acting carbohydrate. Let your MD know your blood sugar readings
Sharon@Unity:
How does one fund raise for the event?
kelley@ada:
We put the fun in fundraising with options such using your Facebook, blogging your story about why you ride, sending out emails and sharing your story through your personal page...that offers a thermometer with your goal, an honor roll that lists all of your donors. Really easy and simple... a must!
jack34:
OK ... thank you and good night.
Jane@Unity:
A pt. asked, "How low does your blood sugar have to go before you pass out?"
jack34:
Yes, before I go, I would like to know the ans. to that Q also.
sassy35:
Has anyone on the chat ever ridden in the Tour de Cure? What's it like?
Sharon@Unity:
That can vary , Any Blood glucose below 70 is getting too low,
Sharon@Unity:
I have volunteered at the event for a few years, it is amazing, a lot of positive energy
kelley@ada:
It is an experience that is rewarding and fun. Riding with 2000 of your closest friends that provides rest stops every 8-12 miles stocked with fresh fruit, snacks and plenty of hydration to the sounds of cheers from hundreds of volunteers...you feel like a rock star!
Sharon@Unity:
Kelley , will there be food after the bike ride?
Jane@Unity:
One of my classmates said she is going to do the race in a couple of years once she gets in shape. It is her goal!
kelley@ada:
Yes there is and lots of great choices! Burgundy Basin offers a delicious menu of chicken marsala, wild rice with fresh vegetables for all participants and volunteers. AND we have partnered with a number of local food trucks who are available for families to purchase!
kelley@ada:
Not only great food there is live music throughout the day, complimentary massages, Kids Zone, vendor village and much more!
Sharon@Unity:
Great! I noticed you are trying to raise $1 million. Where does that money go?
kelley@ada:
We are...and really proud of it. Last year, the Rochester Tour raised $956,000 ranking us the 6th largest Tour in the country. The money we raise supports research, local programs and services for people living with diabetes and their families and our advocacy efforts!
Sharon@Unity:
What is a Red Rider?
kelley@ada:
Wiping the dust off of your bike is one step we also offer in the upcoming weeks FREE clinics on how to change a flat tire for example at one of official bike shop partners - The Bike Zone, Towpath Bike and Park Ave Bike!
Sharon@Unity:
This is a great event, for families, there is a five mile route around MCC
kelley@ada:
Red Riders are why we ride! Everyone that shares when he/she registers for the Tour has diabetes receives a special Red Rider jersey to wear the day of the Tour and leads off each biking distance. Our 2000 riders have a special cheer when they see a Red Rider on the Tour... we chant Go Red Rider Go! Can't put into the words what it means to someone...very powerful!
kelley@ada:
There is with a Honda pace car leading the way this year too! So fun!
Sharon@Unity:
Thank you Kelley!
That’s all the time we have for today. I’ve really enjoyed our conversation and hope that I was able to provide some insight for you. If we didn’t get to your question today or if you think of another question later on – feel free to jump into the conversation in the forum, or submit a question using our “Ask an expert” feature. Be sure to join us for our next chat on Tuesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. with Joy Valvano, C.D.E. and Karen Gesell, C.D.E. from Unity Diabetes
kelley@ada:
Thank you for the invitation this evening! You are doing fantastic work!

 
 
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