‘Healthy Living’ at Health Dept.

GREENUP, Ky. — Greenup County Health Department (GCHD) is announcing they will host ‘Healty Living with Diabetes’ Class for three class sessions, beginning Oct. 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the GCHD’s Health Education Center on U.S, 23 in Greenup.

Healthy Living with Diabetes is a comprehensive class called Diabetes Self-Management, according to GCHD officials, who also said the Diabetes Self-Management Class will also feature special guest speakers, recipes, door prizes, and snacks. The class will also meet at the same time and location on Nov. 2, and Nov. 9.

Eve Greene, GCHD’s licensed Diabetes educator, said there are millions that are not aware they have diabetes, according a news release from the GCHD.

“About 25.8 million Americans (8.3 percent of the population) have diabetes, seven million of whom do not know they have the disease,” Greene said. “Diabetes is very complex and requires continuous medical care and risk reduction strategies including ongoing patient self- management education and support. There is significant evidence proving that support and education improve diabetes outcome.”

Greene said a stand needs to be taken against diabetes.

“According to the latest data from the CDC, almost one in seven people in Kentucky have diabetes and one in four have pre-diabetes. According to Gilbert Friedell, MD and J. Isaac Joyner, MPH, 30 percent of those with diabetes don’t know they have diabetes, while an estimated 90 percent with pre-diabetes are unaware as well. Diabetes is the major cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. Greenup is one of the counties listed in the “Diabetes Belt”.

“Prevalence of diabetes in Greenup County is at 16 percent, Kentucky overall ranks 11 percent. We really need to take a stand against this disease,” Greene said.

Remarkably, Greene said there is good news concerning diabetes.

“The good news is that we know how to prevent half of those with pre-diabetes from progressing to diabetes as well as prevent or delay serious complications from the disease,” Greene said. “Healthy living with Diabetes is an evidence based education series of classes that cover the latest information on managing diabetes, including healthy eating, developing an active lifestyle, taking medications and reducing the risks.”

Chris Crum, executive director of the GCHD, told The Daily Times that prevention is paramount as it relates to diabetes.

“Prevention is always key, and so as we look to an increasing number of cases with diabetes in the United States, especially in rural Kentucky that we need to make sure that every chance we get to educate our public the chances to increase their nutrition and increase their physical activity,” Crum said.

GCHD Diabetes and Self Management Classes have been enhanced, according to Crum.

“It is a great advantage for those who attend the Diabetes and Self-Management Classes to have professionals from a wide array of professions to talk. As far as pharmacists that would be able to make sure that people are utilizing their medications properly, optometrists, and ophthalmologists that will be available to make sure that proper eye care is addressed, and to make sure they are not at risk for losing their vision. And again, having a licensed, Diabetic Educator here at the Health Department has enabled us to give a higher quality management class than we have previously been able to offer before.”

For more information and to register for the class, contact Eve Greene at 473-9838 ext. 113 or evem.greene@ky.gov.

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