UT Extension and Health Dept. offering free diabetes program

Friday, March 31, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 13 percent of adults in Marshall County have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a very serious disease that doubles your risk of having a heart attack, lowers life expectancy, and is the leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, and adult onset blindness. Diabetes and prediabetes in the United States costs a staggering $322 billion per year, and people diagnosed with the disease have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what would be in the absence of diabetes.

The good news is that you can reduce your risk of these serious complications and lower costs by taking charge of your Diabetes. Living with any type of chronic condition requires you to make some lifestyle and behavior changes to maintain or better your health and increase your quality of life. Where do you start? University of Tennessee Extension and the Department of Health is offering a free program called Take Charge of Your Diabetes.

Throughout this six session program, participants will gain knowledge and learn tools and skills to better self-manage their diabetes. Open to anyone coping with diabetes or prediabetes. Family, friends, and caregivers are welcome. Join us beginning Tuesday, April 4th at 10:00 a.m. at the Marshall County Memorial Library. For more information or to register, contact the UT Extension Office 359-1929 or Emily Darnell at the Marshall County Health Department at 359-1551.