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Acceptance, knowledge, is key to diabetes control
"I was in denial when I was diagnosed with diabetes," said Jill Morris. "It wasn't until I attended the group diabetic education class at Henry County Hospital (HCH) and got my kit that I began to understand my disease."
Jill is one of the 23.6 million people in the United States, or 8% of the population, who have diabetes. Jill's vision was affected by diabetes which led her to the doctor who diagnosed her disease and recommended the diabetic education class. "Learning to eat the right kind of foods and reading labels helped me lose 47 pounds in five months and get my diabetes under control," she added.
The HCH diabetic class provided Jill with nutrition training, pharmacy information and an explanation of what happens to your body when you have diabetes and how to get it under control. "I feel so much better and my eyes have actually improved since I took the training, got my kit and followed the program."
Group diabetic education classes are held every month at the hospital under the direction of Debra Kirkpatrick, Diabetes Education Director. Classes include eight hours of training and have a minimal charge if not covered by insurance. Call Debra at 765.521.1544 if you have diabetes and start learning to feel better.