PINCKNEYVILLE – November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In coordination with staff members of Pinckneyville Community Hospital, the Institute of Lifelong Learning at Rend Lake College is offering a diabetes discussion over breakfast at the RLC Murphy-Wall Campus in Pinckneyville.
“Health and Wellness: Diabetes” is being held from 8 - 11 a.m., Nov. 8, in room 101 at the Murphy-Wall Campus. Breakfast will be served from 8 - 8:45 a.m.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States – or 7 percent of the population – who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people – nearly one-third – are unaware that they have the disease, according to ADA reports.
The health and wellness forum on diabetes will cover some general information about diabetes and the signs and symptoms of the disease. One important topic will be tried and true treatment methods, as well as brand-new forms of treatment.
The millions of individuals who have diabetes will lead normal, productive lives if the disease is monitored and medicated, Advances in medicine and technology are continuously providing easier and better ways to do so.
“Health and Wellness: Diabetes” is a way members of the community can learn about these new methods of treatment. It will cover the type of diet that should be correctly followed, including portion sizes, and the role exercise plays in the health and wellness of those with diabetes. The use of a glucometer will also be demonstrated in the diabetes discussion.
More importantly, experts at Pinckneyville Community Hospital will be on-hand to answer questions from the class or help lead a discussion on topics of interest within the group.
Based on death certificate data, the ADA reports that diabetes contributed to 224,092 deaths in 2002. With knowledge and modern medical initiatives, the number of deaths will significantly decrease. The Institute of Lifelong Learning and staff at Pinckneyville Community Hospital want to help with that effort by informing the community about diabetes and treatment of the disease.
To register for “Health and Wellness: Diabetes,” one may call the Institute of Lifelong Learning at 618-437-5321, ext. 1367, or Toll-free (In-District) 1-800-369-5321, ext. 1367. A $5 fee is required.