Classes are filling up for the upcoming diabetes self-management workshops at the Madison County Health Department in Wood River. The course starts next Tuesday, and runs from 9am-11:30am for six weeks. Coordinators of the program hope to impact many Madison County residents who have Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a deadly disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States yearly.
According to the American Diabetes Association, one quarter of those with the disease - 7 million people - do not know they have it. Donna Hawkins, Coordinator with Madison County's Women, Infant, Children (WIC) Program, says it is important to explain this disease to as many as will listen.
Diagnosis often comes 7 to 10 years after the onset of the disease which is usually after disabling and sometimes deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of diabetes's complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. Registration is necessary to attend the workshops, which begin October 16. To do so, call 877-3433.