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Pre-diabetes, diabetes classes offered in HCHC Education Center

Oct 12, 2017

Henry County Health Center’s Diabetes Education Center will offer a free pre-diabetes class on Monday, Oct. 23, from noon to 1 p.m., and a one-day diabetes education class on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. These classes are free and open to the public.

The pre-diabetes class will be conducted in the Diabetes Education Center, located in Suite 25 at HCHC. Directions will be given when you call 319-385-6518 to register. Please register by noon on Oct. 20.

The diabetes program is open to anyone living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It will be held in the Health Education Center at HCHC. Meals will be served. For this class, register by Oct. 23.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should attend the pre-diabetes class: Are your fasting blood sugars between 100 and 125? Do you have a parent, sister or brother with diabetes? Are you are overweight, inactive or have poor eating habits? Are you extremely thirsty, urinate frequently or have unexplained weight loss?

The purpose of the class is to help at-risk individuals reverse habits that may be leading toward a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and its many complications. Topics will include an overview of the different types of diabetes, diet, exercise and diabetes prevention.

Approximately 90 million people in the U.S. have pre-diabetes and many are not aware of it. Recent research shows that some long-term damage, especially to the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during pre-diabetes.

For those already living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, the program on Oct. 24 will include the topics of meal planning, exercise, personal goals, eye disease, glucose monitoring, foot, skin and dental care, complications of diabetes, medications and behavior modifications.

The purpose of the program is to provide people who have diabetes and their families the latest information regarding the disease and to help them become aware that diabetes education is a lifelong process.

The HCHC Diabetes Education Center has earned Iowa State Certification. It also has been awarded Recognition from the American Diabetes Association, which assures that it has met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. HCHC’s Diabetes Education team offers Certified Diabetes Educators through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.

People with diabetes face a shortened life span and also suffer from many preventable diabetes-related complications, such as lower extremity amputations, end-stage renal disease, blindness, long-term reduction in activity, and cardiovascular disease. Many of these diabetes-related complications can be reduced or prevented through treatment and appropriate self-management.

There is no fee for the pre-diabetes class on Oct. 23, however there is a fee for the diabetes program on Oct. 24. For more information, or to sign up, contact the HCHC Diabetes Education Center at 319-385-6518.

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