Class features meal and exercise planning, blood glucose monitoring and disease management education
Those with pre-diabetes or diabetes are encouraged to join AdventHealth Waterman for a five-session Diabetes Self-Management course. The class meets Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon from Feb. 24 to March 23 in the Conry CREATION Health Center at AdventHealth Waterman, 1000 Waterman Way, Tavares.
Classes are taught by a certified diabetes educator and professional health educator. The course includes: understanding diabetes, carbohydrate management and meal planning, exercise planning, blood glucose monitoring, managing and preventing complications and information on how making these lifestyle changes can improve overall health.
Tuition is $50 for this five-session course, including all materials, booklets and handouts.
Diabetes education plays an important role in helping diagnosed patients improve their health and avoid potential complications associated with the disease. If left unmanaged, diabetes can cause harmful complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss or stoke. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, many of these complications are preventable with early diagnosis and self -management.
One in three U.S. adults have prediabetes, where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. With early self-management, the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes can be delayed or prevented.
“The presence of diabetes in Lake County has been growing every year since 2002, and currently affects more than 13% of the community, which is higher than the state average,” said Candace Huber, AdventHealth Waterman director of mission development. “Education is the most important tool we can utilize to help our community address this disease. With proper nutrition, medication, exercise and monitoring, patients can maintain optimal wellness and achieve a higher quality of life despite this disease.”
For more information or to register for the Diabetes Self-Management course, call 352-253-3685 or visit ConryCreationLife.com.