HCHC offering diabetes education class May 22

On Tuesday, May 22, Henry County Health Center?s diabetes team will offer a one day diabetes education class. This program is open to anyone who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

The class will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health Education Center at HCHC. Meals will be served to class participants and their guest.

Topics include meal planning, exercise, personal goals, eye disease, glucose monitoring, foot, skin and dental care complications of diabetes, explanation of diabetes, medications and behavior modifications. There will be time for questions.

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.

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 a fee for the class, however, many insurance plans will cover the program. For more information, or to sign up, contact the HCHC Diabetes Education Center at 319-385-6518. Registration is required.