Berkshire County: Diabetes education classes starting Nov. 6

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Berkshire Medical Center offers diabetes education classes in November and early December for those with diabetes, focusing on a wide range of issues.

Four classes are scheduled on consecutive Wednesdays, from Nov. 6 to Dec. 4. Classes run from 1-3 p.m. in the BHS Diabetes Education Program offices, BMC Medical Arts Complex, 777 North St., third floor.

Registration and pre-qualification is required. Call the Diabetes Education program at (413) 395-7942 to enroll and for more information, or register online at berkshirehealthsystems.org.

The classes are open to anyone age 18 and over with diabetes; the cost of the classes is covered by most insurance programs. Interested individuals should enroll as soon as possible.

Class topics include: an overview of diabetes; achieving goals; blood glucose monitoring; pattern management; acute complications from the disease; high and low blood sugar; sick day management; nutritional management; meal planning; carbohydrate counting; artificial sweeteners; reading food labels; physical activity; medications and additional medications that may be recommended for diabetes management; chronic complications and their prevention and treatment; foot care; links between heart disease, stroke and diabetes; community resources; diabetes health; goal setting and problem solving; psychosocial adjustments; stress; and depression.


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