UTHSC offers free diabetes education classes starting Tuesday, May 6

Monday, April 28, 2008

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re probably wondering how this chronic disease will affect your quality of life.

What steps can you take to manage your diabetes and maintain long-term health? Where can you go to get reliable and up-to-date information about the latest advances in diabetes care?

These and other questions will be answered during the upcoming Empower Diabetes Class at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

A new Empower series of four free diabetes education sessions begins Tuesday, May 6, in Hudnall Auditorium at UTHSCT, 11937 U.S. 271 in Tyler.

The goal of the Empower program is to teach you how to manage your diabetes. Each free session is offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on successive Tuesdays: May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27.

Sessions cover different topics, including high and low blood sugar, meal planning, glucose monitoring, exercise and diabetes, medications and insulin administration, and foot care.

Instructors are David Shafer, MD, director of the Center for Diabetes Care; Gerry Brown, physician assistant; Celia Pechak, physical therapist; Donna Walker, RN; and Karla Wallace, MS, a registered and licensed dietitian.

Pre-registration is recommended, and the deadline to register for this series of classes is 5 p.m. Friday, May 2.

For more information or to register, call (903) 877-7569.

NOTICE: Protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure.