Calling For a Lifestyle Intervention

David Marrero. Photo by Paul Kennedy

ACE Diabetes is hosting a free seminar for medical and healthcare professionals on Friday, November 7th at the New Providence Community Centre on Blake Road. The event starts promptly at 6:30pm and includes dinner and drinks.

World-renowned diabetes expert Dr. David Marrero will be delivering the keynote address on “How To Prevent Diabetes in Your Patients” during which he will share practical pearls from the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Dr. Marrero was instrumental in the design and execution of the program which found that an intensive lifestyle intervention can reduce the development of diabetes by more than half in adults with pre-diabetes. He has worked in diabetes education and research for more than 25 years and over the past 10 years this research has been focused on the translation of clinical trials of primary prevention of type 2 diabetes in the public health. His center was responsible for translating the Diabetes Prevention Program to the YMCA and developing the curriculum and training models for the Centers for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. He also worked on adapting Weight Watchers, a commercial weight loss program for the delivery of diabetes primary prevention programs.

“As healthcare professionals we CAN make a difference by preventing the progression of pre-diabetes in our patients and we are pleased to have an expert of this calibre sharing his research with us,” said Dr. Graham Cates, founder of ACE Diabetes.

The free event is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, facilitated by Nassau Agencies. The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies with focus on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications, including insulin for people with diabetes.

Registration starts at 6:00pm, with the seminar officially commencing at 6:30pm, on Friday November 7th. Seating may be limited so participants are encouraged to pre-register online at or by calling 242-327-2878

ace-diabetes-get-on-track-flyer-eDr. Marrero will also be participating in the ACE Diabetes Get On Track Expo on Saturday, November 8th – a free fun-filled event featuring prizes and giveaways plus demonstrations in cooking, fitness, farming and more. Dr. Marrero will be one of the experts, along with Dr. Graham Cates, during an “Ask The Experts” session.

About Dr. David Marrero
Dr. David Marrero is J.O. Ritchey Endowed Professor of Medicine and Director, Diabetes Translational Research Center, at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has worked in diabetes education and research for more than 25 years. He also has more than 200 publications in lay and professional journals including Diabetes Care and The Diabetes Educator. Dr. Marrero has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer since the 1980s. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Board of Directors and has also served or is serving on numerous committees. In 2008, he was the recipient of the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award and the Josiah K. Lilly Distinguished Service Award. He holds a PhD, master of arts and bachelor of arts in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Pinnacle Society and Summit Circle.

About ACE Diabetes
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. The ultimate goal is to reduce the burden of diabetes on individuals, families, communities and healthcare systems, and, by supporting good health, prevent or delay the onset of diabetes related long-term complications (IDF Standards 2009). Raising awareness in The Bahamas of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of ACE. ACE Diabetes informs, inspires, and shows compassion to people who are impacted by diabetes, and in the process positivity affecting lives and facilitating an improved quality of life. ACE Diabetes is all about diabetes in real life. ACE’s aim is to empower people by considering the whole person, including their physical social, emotional, spiritual, financial needs. Find out more at