Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million people in the United States alone have diabetes, including approximately 250,000 in Arkansas. Of those people, 7 million people do not know they have diabetes and 1.9 million people will be diagnosed this year. If current trends continue, one out of every three children and one out of every two minorities born today will face a future with diabetes.
Life can continue to be abundant after a diagnosis of diabetes, but the condition must be managed. Diabetes is a disease with life-threatening complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputation if left uncontrolled.
At Conway Regional, we want to bring diabetes education to our community. In addition to our classes, Conway Regional diabetes educators can be found at health fairs, leading free care groups and in the news teaching the public how to manage diabetes. We are here to help those individials who are at risk of diabetes and who already have diabetes manage their lifestyles and lead healthy, productive life.
Monthly Diabetes Care Meetings
The Conway Regional Diabetes Education program offers a monthly group meeting that is open to the public. We recommend these meetings for:
Anyone with diabetes
Family members and caregivers of people with diabetes
People wanting to learn more about diabetes.
Meetings are free and guest speakers discuss topics related to diabetes management at each meeting. No appointment or reservation is ever needed. Simply come to the scheduled meetings listed below, hear about topics related to diabetes and have your questions answered.
We meet the last Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Conway Regional Women's Center Classroom. Below are the 2017 dates.
- January 30
- February 27
- March 27
- April 24
- May 29
- June 26
- July 31
- August 28
- September 25
- October 30
- November 27
- December 18
Diabetes Self Management
Conway Regional Diabetes Education offers support services and a Self Management Training program for those dealing with diabetes. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Diabetes Educators or attend our American Diabetes Association recognized Diabetes Self Management Program, please call (501) 932-3236 or visit our Diabetes Management Program page.