Diabetes affects people of all ages, but it occurs more often in older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in every four Americans over the age of 65 has diabetes. Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Managing diabetes can be difficult, but support from community resources, health care providers and friends and family can make it much easier. The first step to better managing diabetes and high blood sugar is to learn about it.

MSU Extension – Powder River County and the Montana Geriatric Education Center are partnering together to offer a series of six, free, peer-led diabetes classes. These classes provide informative and interactive ways to help people with diabetes or pre-diabetes (high blood sugar)

  • understand diabetes and how it affects the entire body;
  • manage diabetes in a way that makes sense for them and their individual health goals;
  • become more informed members of their health care teams, as they continue to work with their doctors, diabetes educators and other health care providers to improve their health.

The series kicks off Tuesday, January 23, at the Powder River County Election Room at from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Classes then meet every Tuesday through February 27. Anyone interested can register by calling MSU Extension – Powder River County at (406) 436-2424. At least five people need to register, or the class will be canceled. Class size is limited to 15, so anyone interested should call soon!

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