Learning about Diabetes

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1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Mountain-pacific quality health officials hope to educate us about how to manage the disease.

"Mountain-Pacific Quality Health has this program called DEEP, and its diabetes empowerment education program,” state Genee Miller, Program Staff Assistant to Mountain-Pacific. “And what we do is we use that as a stepping stone to help those with diabetes reach a place that they can manage their diabetes by themselves."

Locals gathered at the Casper senior center, learning how different organs in their body are affected by diabetes.

"We talked about the complications,” mentioned Miller. “We try to make them aware of the complications of diabetes, and some of them they don't know about."

They also discussed ways to live better lifestyles, reminding us to keep wellness in check and limiting sugar intake to avoid potential hospital trips.

"I know what they're going through,” Miller said about her recent diagnoses to diabetes. “I know that when you're diagnosed, it is very scary, and you kind of get sad and bummed out about it. But then, on the other hand, I know enough about it, by teaching these classes and having family and friends that, you know, it is definitely a disease that we can manage."

Knowing what symptoms to look for could help you in the long run.

For more information about Mountain-Pacific, visit their website at http://mpqhf.com/QIO/wyoming/