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.