HONESDALE- Controlling diabetes is worth every effort. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), controlling blood glucose greatly benefits millions of people in the United States with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, helping to prevent complications such as eye, kidney and nerve disease. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 7 million have undiagnosed diabetes—a total of 26 million people or 8.3% of the population!

For more than 10 years, Certified Diabetes Educator Carol Kneier, MS, RD, LDN has been helping diabetes patients manage their disease—and "live well." That’s the title of her course, "Living Well with Diabetes," a three-session class held at Wayne Memorial Hospital throughout the year.

The next class begins January 28. Topics will include a basic understanding of the disease, the benefits of exercise and the role of food in diabetes management, menu planning, label reading, glucose monitoring and good care from head to toe. Diabetes, a disease characterized by the body’s inability to produce or properly use insulin, causes sugar to build up in the blood. The CDC reports that complications can be reduced by 40% for every 1% reduction in average blood glucose levels (A1C test results).

The classes will run on three consecutive Monday evening sessions, 4 to 6pm, on January 28, February 4 and February 11. The cost is $50 for a participant and a support person. Financial assistance is available.

"Learn more about managing this disease and how you can help prevent further complications," says Kneier, "Diabetes doesn’t have to control you. You control it."

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, January 23. For information or to register, contact Carol Kneier, MS, RD, LDN, CDE at (570) 253-8149.