Classes are filling up for the upcoming diabetes self-management workshops at the Madison County Health Department in Wood River and Coordinated Youth and Human Services in Granite City. 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. The Health Department's Molly Peters says an additional 79 million people, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes.

Peters comments

Diagnosis often comes 7 to 10 years after the onset of the disease which is usually after, disabling and even 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 in April. To do so, call 877-3433.

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