Free, Six-Week Diabetes Workshop Jan. 23-Feb. 27 in Wynne

By Ben Boulden

The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held from 1-3 p.m. each Thursday Jan. 23-Feb. 27 at the Cross County Public Library, 410 Merriman Ave. in Wynne. To reserve a space at the popular workshop, call the Center on Aging-Northeast at 870-207-7595.

The DEEP workshop teaches about diabetes and how it affects your body, blood sugar levels and what they mean, how to use a glucometer, meal planning, setting goals for proper nutrition, physical activity, regular check-ups with their physicians, and consistent medication use. The workshop includes participant activities and sharing information with the group.

Diabetes self-management classes show participants how behavior change can allow them to continue living an active life with diabetes.

Nearly 13% of adults in the United States age 20 and older have diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-third of people 65 and older have diabetes. The disease brings with it the risk of complications such as blindness, amputations of lower extremities, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke. Its financial cost and the impact on patients’ and families’ lives are considerable.

Yet, the disease can be prevented and managed. Reducing the prevalence and managing the disease are a matter of education and effort on the part of the public, especially those more at risk for the disease. Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans are more at risk due to genetic and social factors.

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