HONESDALE - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that  five major complications related to diabetes have declined in the US during the last 20 years. The researchers say the numbers could be due to increased access to healthcare services, risk factor control and increasing awareness of diabetes’ complication.   
   Wayne Memorial Hospital encourages you to know your risks and gain control over your disease. Certified Diabetes Educator Carol Kneier, MS, RD, LDN, is offering her “Living Well with Diabetes” classes over the course of three consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning May 6th.
    Diabetes, a disease characterized by the body’s inability to produce or properly use insulin, causes sugar to build up in the blood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that complications from heart attack, stroke, end-stage kidney failure, lower-limb amputation and deaths from high blood sugar all declined from 1990 to 2010.
   Kneier has been teaching diabetes management classes for more than a decade. Her Living Well course will cover 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.
   The classes will take place at Wayne Memorial Hospital from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 6, 13 and 20. The cost is $50 for a participant and a support person. Financial assistance is available. Registration is required by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  For information or to register, call (570) 253-8149.