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Health Department Notes

Diabetes program offered Diabetes currently affects about 21 million people in the United States, including almost 376,000 Kentucky adults with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. In spite of the improvements in treatment for people with diabetes, many will still experience major complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease and nerve damage, which can lead to problems with the feet and legs. These complications dramatically affect the lives of people with diabetes and many of the complications can be delayed or prevented. Studies have show when people with diabetes get good education and have the tools they need to manage their disease, they can succeed in improving their blood sugar control. Better blood sugar control helps the person with diabetes feel better day to day and in the long-term, help prevents complications. Each person with diabetes should seek out diabetes self-management education where they will get information on healthy eating, taking medication correctly, physical activity, coping with diabetes, reducing risks for complications and problem solving for low and high blood sugars. The diabetes educator will help the person with diabetes learn how to use this information to control their blood sugar to help prevent or delay the diabetes complications. The Woodford County Health Department is pleased to offer a diabetes self-management education class taught by two Certified Diabetes Educators. The program will be held at the Agriculture Resource Building, Beasley Road on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. both days. The class is free, but registration is required. To register, please call 873-4541 by March 9 .

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