GUTHRIE, Okla. – In celebration of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Mercy Hospital Logan County will host free weekly diabetes education classes every Tuesday throughout November.
The hospital has offered diabetes education classes since 1986 to patients with diabetes, caregivers and family members wanting to better understand how they can help their loved one manage diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25.8 million or 8.3% of U.S. children and adults have diabetes, and more than 79 million people in the United States have prediabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death nationally and contributes to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, pregnancy complications, and nervous system disease.
“Our hope is by the end of the month-long series of classes, patients and their loved ones feel less overwhelmed by the diabetes diagnosis,” said Kaye Freudenberger, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Mercy Hospital Logan County.
The classes will feature the following topics:
Space is limited so please RSVP for the free diabetes education classes by Friday, Oct. 31. You must register in order to attend. To register, call (405) 282-6700 and provide your name, phone number and the number of people who will be attending. The classes will be held every Tuesday in November from 7 to 9 p.m. in Mercy Hospital Logan County’s conference rooms, located at 200 South Academy Road in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.