A series of free classes for Patchogue residents with diabetes will be held on four Tuesday evenings starting next week.
Experts will share tips on keeping blood sugar at target range, choosing a healthy meal plan and balancing food, exercise and medications.
The classes are scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at South Brookhaven Family Health Center-West, 365 E. Main St., Patchogue. The sessions are free and open to community residents; registration is required. For more information, call Laurie Wells at 631-727-7850, ext. 340.
The program is sponsored by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. All residents who have diabetes or care for someone who does are encouraged to attend.
Diabetes is a disease in which blood-sugar levels are above normal. Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, accounts for up to 95 percent of cases. Diabetes can lead to complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations.
“The New York State Department of Health lists diabetes as the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time, and it thereby deserves our utmost concern,” Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken said in a statement. “It is vital that persons with diabetes take an active role in managing their disease.”