Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is offering free diabetes classes this spring from April 13 through May 20.
The classes will be held on six consecutive Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. in the TLRMC cafeteria classroom. Participants who complete all six classes will be awarded a graduation certificate at the end of the program.
According to the CDC, Grayson, Edmonson, Breckinridge, Ohio and Hardin counties all rank higher than the national average for number of people with diabetes. There are no counties in Kentucky below the national average.
The classes are designed for people with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes. The group will cover diabetes basics, preventing complications, medication safety, nutrition and more. All classes are free, and your insurance will not be billed.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Call Cheri Molloy, Director of Nutrition Services at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, for more information or to register.
Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States based on death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death or as an underlying or contributing cause of death. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. A person with diagnosed diabetes at age 50 dies six years earlier than a counterpart without diabetes.
People with diabetes have increased chances of developing many serious medical conditions and for those conditions to be worse than for a person without the disease. These include hypoglycemia, hypertension (also called high blood pressure), stroke, blindness and other eye problems, kidney disease, and amputations.
Get more information on diabetes at www.diabetes.org.