Anyone can get diabetes, although a hereditary component puts Native Americans, Filipinos and Hawaiians at greater risk.
At this time, more than 23.5 million Americans are estimated to have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s 7.8% of the population. Diabetes can’t be cured but people can live a health life and manage the disease with better nutrition, regular exercise and medication.
People with diabetes will have an opportunity to learn more about their disease and how to live a healthy life in a series of classes offered by PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
Join the next class which will include the following topics:
- Diabetes Basics and Nutrition
- Carbohydrate Counting; Self Blood Sugar Testing; Low Blood Sugar; Physical Activity
- High Blood Sugar/Sick Day Guidelines; Prevention; Complications; Healthy Eating
- Meal Planning; Stress; Medications; Sexual Health; Sleep; Depression; Resources
Classes meet in the Cedar Point Conference Room (PeaceHealth HR Office, 25 Jefferson Way, Second Floor) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Two private one-on-one sessions are included and attendees may bring one support person free. The program is $330. To find out more about upcoming classes, call Diabetes Educator Dawn Teplick, RN, at 228-7685. Medicaid and other insurance billed if eligible.