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    There are nearly 320 million people living in America. And according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an overwhelming 10% of this large population have been diagnosed with Diabetes. Surprisingly, another 2% is living with the disease undiagnosed.

    Though Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world, many are still in the dark when it comes to the facts surrounding the disease. Sure, we know Diabetics shouldn't add real sugar to their coffee and they should avoid the candy aisle at the supermarket. But what about the process of checking blood sugar levels? And how does an insulin pump work?

    The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is striving to answer these questions and more while promoting awareness of the disease through a series of free Diabetes education classes.

    This series of four classes are designed to provide information about the disease itself; such as the symptoms, tips for prevention and how to live a healthy lifestyle after being diagnosed with Diabetes.

    Each class will be held from 6-8pm at Fairdale branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 10620 W. Manslick Road. Here’s the complete schedule along with class descriptions:

    Wednesday, August 12 – What is Diabetes? Checking blood sugar and what types of food you should eat

    Wednesday, August 19 – What do I do when I’m sick? What kinds of problems Diabetes can cause, information about medications, and how to count carbohydrates

    Wednesday, August 26 – How can I stay healthy with Diabetes? How to read a label and what you need to know about fat and salt?

    Wednesday, September 2 – Taking care of your feet, coping with Diabetes, keeping a healthy weight and staying active

    Everyone is invited to this series of free classes. However, class space is limited so please call 502-574-6663 to make a reservation. 

    Photo courtesy of the Damn you, Diabetes! blog. 

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